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|24 May 2016|
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Our first article draws on a report published about the progress of Health and Social Care Integration in England that can help us understand the challenges for Scotland. You can read the full article here and download a copy of the main report here.
Our second article looks at he ongoing war against disabled people as despite the efforts of the Scottish Government the amounts disabled people are being asked to pay continues to rise. Faced with benefit cuts, rising prices and cuts in support, asking people to pay more for less would not be acceptable anywhere else. Yet for disabled people who are coming to ask for help at really difficult times in their lives it seems okay to shrug shoulders and say there is a means test so it must be fair! Even Rafael Nadal thinks its wrong! Read the article here
Our third article looks at a few other things that the new Scottish Government might do to improve things. Read it here.
All our online articles can be read aloud simply by highlighting the text and then clicking it.
You can also see our map of Welfare Rights Offices in Scotland on our website where you can more advice and help on how to sort out welfare benefit problems
Helping Disabled People Get Jobs by investing an additional £20 million on top of funding that is transferred from Westminster to ensure that those who most need support get it. Due to start in 2018.
Helping Social Care Staff by implementing the Living Wage of £8.20 per hour from October 2016 for all social care workers.
A Disability Action Plan to improve lives.
Helping unpaid carers by increasing Carers Allowance to the same level as JSA with further adjustments for those caring for more than one disabled child.
Establishing a Disability Benefits Assessment Commission to look at PIP such as how often assessments for PIP should be, what long term conditions should be given an automatic or lifetime awards, and what the eligibility rules about who should get PIP are.
The Scottish Labour Party published its manifesto today. Here is our Easy Read version of the Scottish Labour Party manifesto. We have highlighted 12 points that we think will matter to people with learning disabilities around Scotland. Of course, many of the other issues in the manifesto will also be important but we have had to exclude some things to make it short and readable. If there are particular issues you would like to know about or to be put into Easy Read, then please let us know and we will make the information available.
The Scottish National Party published its manifesto today. Here is our Easy Read version of the Scottish National Party manifesto. We have highlighted 12 points that we think will matter to people with learning disabilities around Scotland. Of course, many of the other issues in the manifesto will also be important but we have had to exclude some things to make it short and readable. If there are particular issues you would like to know about or to be put into Easy Read, then please let us know and we will make the information available.
The Scottish Labour Party Manifesto is to be published next week and we will circulate a similar version as this at the time.
We have also tried to track down Easy Read versions of the full manifesto produced by the parties themselves but so far we have only managed to find the Green Party Version We are clear that “Plain Text” and “Large Text” are not the same as Easy Read although some parties may not be clear about the distinction.
LIB DEMS NOW ADDED!
We have had a look at the first three manifestos from the parties in the last Scottish Parliament for the May 2016 election. Only the Lib Dems, Greens and the Scottish Conservatives have published these so far. We expect that the other parties will publish over the next couple of weeks.
We hope that they will publish full Easy Read version for those that want to read them but we have gone through the manifestos and spotted the main policies that will affect people with learning disabilities and those that support them and put them into Easy Read. This requires us to miss some things out so please feel free to let us know if there are particular policy areas that you might be interested in.
We hope this is straightforward to use and that it will be helpful in speaking to any candidates you meet or come across in hustings over the next few weeks. Similar version for the 2 remaining parties will follow in due course.
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