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|08 Dec 2016|
Ayrshire Stronger Together
The Glasgow Stronger Together Group have followed the developments with the Keys To Life and importance placed on good health. As a result they have produced a short pamphlet for people with learning disabilities to talk about how to get better health. It focuses mainly on healthy eating and exercise and the benefits they bring.
They see this being used as an introduction to the matter for people with learning disabilities. It can be read by individuals or as part of a group. There is a lot more information available from other agencies which can help explore particular issues and they list some of these on the back of the pamphlet.
Download your copy by clicking on the picture
South Ayrshire Council has become the first Council in Scotland to adopt the Charter for Involvement.
The charter was put together by the National Involvement Network (NIN) and shows how people who use support services want to be involved in their services, with their service organisations and with the wider community.
It will be used as a guide for Council staff to tell them what is ‘good practice’ when it comes to health and to social care.
It will also be used by the Integrated Joint Board that looks after health and social care needs in South Ayrshire.
NIN say the Charter is one of a kind because it has been written by people who use services to help services providers do their job better and that will help everyone.
What this means for people with learning disabilities who live in South Ayrshire is that the Council has made a promise to work together with them to help meet their needs and make an action together for better services in the future.
Councillor Rita Miller from South Ayrshire Council said the Council will use the Charter to make sure people with learning disabilities are “listened to and respected.”
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Hi. My name is Andrew Doyle and I need your help to stop an unfair attack on the lives of disabled people, people with mental health conditions and other support needs in Dumfries and Galloway. The local council has started to ask people who need social care to pay between £25 and £35 more per week for their support. This is on top of any money people were paying last year so some people are now paying up to £70 per week for support out of nothing more than their ESA and disability benefits.
We are really worried that many people will stop their support because of the cost and end up being at risk of needing far more help in the future when they get into crisis. This will put more pressure on the NHS which is already stretched, affecting us all. It doesn’t make sense.
For other people, like myself and my wife, it will make life much harder. We already live on a tight budget and rarely go out. In the future, we will have to stay home all the time and have to cut back on food and heating.
The Council says it has been too generous in the past treating all disabled people the same. Now they want people under 60 to pay more. But it’s not true that our council has been the most generous. 19 out of 32 councils in Scotland charge less than Dumfries and Galloway.
I have got together with other disabled people in the area to campaign for the “Right To A Real Life”. We are asking the council to reverse its decision of February 2016 to cut the income allowance for disabled people under 60 and give us equality with people over 60.
The Herald's story on the shocking treatment of Margaret McEwan from Glasgow shows some of the real challenges that people with learning disabilities face in Scotland today.Stephen Naysmith wrote on Saturday 25th Of October. "Margaret McEwan epitomises Scotland's journey towards a more humane way of dealing with vulnerable elderly and disabled people. Her supporters hope she doesn't end up being a symbol of the collapse of those hopes. Freed from the notorious Lennox Castle 20 years ago, Margaret was taken into the bosom of a loving family, where her life has been transformed. But now she faces being denied that home life." Read More Here.
Margaret who has learning disabilities and a visual impairment is being asked to move into a care home to save the council money.
In Scotland there is a new national strategy called the Keys to Life designed to prioritise the things that are important to people with learning disabilities. It doesn't seem to help in this case. There is also a national strategy to promote Self Directed Support, a policy designed to give more choice to people who need support. It doesn't seem to help in this case. It seems that councils can choose to do whatever they want instead of national policies.
Some of the results of this approach in Glasgow can be seen in this chart published by the Care Inspectorate last week. It shows the change in Social Work spending in Glasgow and in Scotland over the last 9 years.
The figures in green show the areas that now spend proportionately more and those in the red the ones that spend less. We can see that in most of Scotland spending on services for people with learning disability has gone up. While in Glasgow spending on people with learning disabilities and other adult groups has been transferred over to services and support for children and older people. Councillors often say that Glasgow has been cut, this chart says it is really about priorities.
Glasgow is making a choice in treating Margaret this way and it is the wrong choice!