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The number of people with substantial learning disabilities in England and Wales who are in paid employment has fallen.
While unemployment in Britain generally has been fallen, the Department of Health has suggested that the proportion of learning disabled people who were in paid employment fell from 7% in 2012-13 to 6.8% in 2013-14.
This is probably caused by cuts in the supported employment programmes which help people get into work.
Figures for Scotland from ESAY suggest paid employment in Scotland is less at only 6.2% (not including those training for employment)
If you want to know more about what the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland does then have a look at our annual review 2014.
The Annual General Meeting of the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland will be held on Tuesday November 25th from 11 am to 1 pm in the main office of KEY Community Supports :
70 Renton Street
Glasgow G4 0HT
This is a short walk from both Queen Street Station and Buchanan Street Bus Station and just yards from the M8 motorway for those who are driving.
We will be having a special presentation on Supported Employment this year by Catherine Hurrell from VIAS
The Scottish Independent Living Fund is still in the process of being set up. Self Directed Support Scotland will be hosting the Scottish ILF Development Manager (18 month contract, £50,000 pa), who reports to the newly formed Project Board, which is coproducing advice on the new Scottish ILF arrangements. The Project Board have recently (mid October) agreed the content of messages to go out to stakeholders, from Scottish Government, to keep everyone informed. They are currently being drafted in to accessible formats (possibly Easy Read, but if not then certainly Plain English) and there should be something going out to people in the next two or three weeks.
The project board consists of a number of user led disabled organisations such as GCIL and LCIL, The Scottish Government and Cosla.
The current arrangements as we understand it are:
A good meeting was had at the petitions committee on Tuesday 11th November about the Abolish Care Charges Petition. Due to timing issues we were not all able to speak at the start. Jeff managed to cover his whole introductory speech and also introduce Pauline’s points on human rights.
There was a healthy and supportive round of questioning from the committee members. There was a healthy disbelief at COSLA’s failure to deliver change after 12 years of trying. Jackie Baillie MSP also attended and made a very positive contribution.
The full verbatim minutes will be available from about 5pm on Tuesday 11th so I will not try to summarise the discussion any further.
The committee agreed to continue the petition and agreed the following actions.
– They will write to EHRC for an opinion on possible human rights and equality law breaches from care charging
- They will write to the Child Poverty Action Group and the Poverty Alliance for comment on care charging pushing people into poverty,
- They will ask the appropriate Minister to come to a future committee meeting and ask for their view on the lack of progress of consistency on care charges, how long they will continue to be happy with a lack of progress and what the Government plans to do about it.
- They will write to COSLA and ask for the convenor of the Working Group on charges to attend and to explain what outcomes they are seeking to achieve and what timescales they have set for this.
- They will write to NHS Scotland for their views on care charging in light of integration and what effect it has on the services they provide.
- They will write to Moray, Argyll & Bute and Falkirk seeking an explanation for their widely varying care charges.
Overall those who took part and those who watched thought this was a productive and helpful meeting that will lead to some interesting development.
The committee will hear further evidence on this petition at a future meeting - probably not until January 2015.