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Our latest newsletter dated December 2013 has been published. There are three main articles in this edition.
The first article looks at the use of Section 13ZA. This piece of legislation was brought in to help end bed block in the NHS. But now there are worries about the use of 13ZA to move people from community care placements into residential care..
Our second article looks at new proposals from the Scottish Government to allow councils to no longer to have to competitively tender care services
The third article looks at our new work on helping people with learning disabilities understand what is involved in the Independence Referendum and what the main arguments are.
All the articles are available on our website if you have problems reading this email. All articles on our website can be read aloud by simply highlighting the text and clicking the speaker icon. There is also an audio version of this newsletter on our website. If you would like a copy emailed to you or a version on a disc please let me know.
The Learning Disability Alliance has now published its 2013 Annual Review. You can download a copy here. This will give you full information on the activities and work of the organisation over the last year.
On Friday 11th October, Frankie Miller, Spike from the Quireboys and the Scotland Rugby Squad launched their new charity single, A Bottle Of Whisky for the 2013 Rugby International season. Two of our members, Enable Glasgow and Equal Say will benefit from the returns. Its a fantastic single and we recommend you treat yourself to a copy today. It is available in the Itunes music store now.
The launch was good fun and it was a chance to catch up with Annette and Frankie. Annette has been a friend of the Learning Disability Alliance for a while as she helps to organise an alternative day service for people with learning disabilities in London. As she told us, they are having similar problems in getting funding and dodging the cuts.
We are all hoping the single as well as raising much needed funds, can help to raise the profile of people with learning disabilities throughout Scotland.
We are carrying out a survey on how well the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland has done over the last year. It is a short set of 7 questions linked to our Mission Statement. Please take a few minutes to complete the questions by the 18th of October. We value your feedback and it will help us work better over the next year.
You can complete an online version on Survey Monkey by clicking here.
Tuesday 24 September 2013
MEETING OF THE PARLIAMENT
New Learning Disabilities Strategy
The Presiding Officer (Tricia Marwick): The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-07787, in the name of Michael Matheson, on the new learning disabilities strategy, “The keys to life”.
I point out to members that we have a fair bit of time in hand, so the Presiding Officers will be generous.
The Minister for Public Health (Michael Matheson): The new learning disabilities strategy, “The keys to life: Improving quality of life for people with learning disabilities”, was published in June of this year. It is the second national learning disabilities strategy for Scotland, and we are the first part of the United Kingdom to produce a second strategy of that nature.