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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.

Cover of annual reviewThe 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.  

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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 seasonA bottle of Whisky launch.  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.  

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