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Weekly Poll – Extreme Weather

Question: Were you affected by the recent extreme weather? Your feedback: Yes – 88% (49 respondents) No 12% (7 respondents) Your comments: “My Wife and I were not able to go out because I use an Electric Wheelchair and my Wife has a Trypod. We could not get out the door until paths and Pavements were Cleared of the White Stuff.” “I think employers who dock wages for absence during extreme conditions should be at least named and shamed. They have an obligation not to put their staff at undue risk. What’s worse is that putting their own staff at
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Electoral Reform – Disability Equality Scotland response

Overview Disability Equality Scotland is a national Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO).  We are a membership organisation and engage with our 700 disabled members on a variety of issues, to ensure that we are championing on their behalf.  Each week we send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week commencing 27 February 2018, we asked our members to comment on the question: “Is voting in elections accessible?” A total of 30 members answered the poll, with just over half (57%) stating that voting is not accessible in Scotland. The comments that we received from
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Weekly Poll – Medical Cannabis

Question: Do you think medical cannabis should be legalised in the UK? Your feedback: Yes – 90% (54 respondents) No 10% (6 respondents) Your comments: “Yes medical cannabis should be legalised in the UK it has been shown that it benefits people with a range of long term conditions and disabilities.” “Long term use of cannabis causes depression, anxiety and mental health problems. Formulate a drug to alleviate the pain that does not have these side effects”
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Weekly Poll – Health and Social Care

Question: Do you think the integration of health and social care services is working in your local area? Your feedback: Yes – 23% (9 respondents) No 77% (30 respondents) Your comments: “Changes to Health & Social Care in my local area? None for the better. All negative and detrimental to the end user, the patient or client and community.” “The integration of health and social care is very positive and the right approach. More still needs done for it to reach its full potential and to become more person centred/responsive to peoples needs. The voluntary/third sector are a vital part
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Weekly Poll – Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Question: Do you welcome a review of every PIP claim over a 5 year period at a possible cost of £3.7 billion? Your feedback: Yes – 47% (26 respondents) No 53% (29 respondents) Your comments: “I welcome a review as I think a significant amount of people have been adversely affected by inept decision making and assessment process – leaving them in debt, poverty and impacting on their mental health.” “The review is a good idea but should only be done by request from each claimant (unless reviewing all is more cost effective).”
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Arts and Theatre Funding – w/c 29 January

Question: Will you be affected by the cuts to disabled arts and theatre funding? Your feedback: Yes – 45% (10 respondents) No 55% (12 respondent) Your comments: “Disabled people must be empowered to express themselves and increase their confidence and ability through performing arts. To single them out for this treatment is the very worst of discrimination.” “I have very little concern about this as the number of disabled people participating must by definition be less than the number of disabled using transport, health centres, hospitals, shops, etc. So Arts funding is low on my list of priorities.” “The Government are
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Passenger Assistance on Trains – w/c 22 January

Question: Have you encountered any problems when using passenger assistance on a train? Your feedback: Yes – 85% (17 respondents) No 15% – (3 respondents) Your Comments: “It would be much easier if assisted travel can be booked at the same time as the ticket for the train instead of having to phone passenger assistance” “I think that the 24hr notice does help things but there should be a system in place if I want to get on a train that day just as anyone else has the ability to do.” “I wanted to go from Haymarket to Croy. I
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Social Isolation and Loneliness – w/c 15 January

Question: Have you experienced social isolation and loneliness because of your disability? Your feedback: Yes – 82% (46 respondents) No – 18% (10 respondents) Your comments: “I have lost friends and relationships that were important to me as some people don’t want to be involved with someone who is unwell much of the time. “Although quite active and involved in several groups, being totally blind, I can feel lost in the crowd. This is largely because it can be difficult to attract and maintain the attention of others.” “Isolation leads to depression, anxiety and general deterioration in mental health.”
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Minimum price alcohol – w/c 19 December

Question: Do you agree with the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland? Your feedback: Yes – 56% (30 respondents) No – 44% (24 respondents)  Your comments: “How is minimum pricing going to solve anything? Those who can afford it will continue to afford it and those that have a problem with alcohol are simply going to have to make a decision between whether they drink or whether they eat.” “Speaking as a teetotaller who used to drink quite heavily, this is not a deterrent. if folks want to drink, they will do so at the cost of something else.” “In
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Rural Transport – w/c 12 December

Question: Have you or someone you know experienced difficulties using public transport in rural areas? Your feedback: Yes – 95% (18 respondents) No – 5% (1 respondents)  Your comments: “I live in a rural area and there really isn’t enough of a ‘joined up’ approach allowing disabled people to travel with any degree of certainty or independently.” “On rural routes the bus type changes on a daily basis and you never know if it will be low floor, step free or if you will get on with your wheelchair” “Community transport schemes tend to be in the decline and not
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Weekly Poll- NHS Delays – w/c 8 January

Question: Have you faced delays in NHS treatment over the winter? Your feedback:  Yes – 26% (14 respondents) No – 74% (39 respondents) Your comments: “NHS in Scotland is outperforming the rest of the UK. Staff work extremely hard and should not be blamed for the demand on the service as this is a result of an increase the number of flu cases.” “Being a cynic by nature, I think a lot of people are getting paid a lot to do little. You could probably take out every other layer of management without the organisation suffering, it would probably work
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Weekly Poll Results – Poverty

Question: Have you or someone you know been affected by poverty in the UK? Yes/No Your Feedback: 86% (38 respondents) had or knew someone who had been affected by poverty in the UK.  14 respondents (6 respondents) had not. Your Comments: “Get rid of austerity. It’s killing the most vulnerable sections of our society!” “Currently experiencing Poverty as a Family. The Government need to raise the amount Disabled People need to live on and change the rules around the qualifying rules linked to Disabled Premiums for Income Support” “Perhaps those at the top need to rethink and be asked “what
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Brexit and its Impact on Disabled People

Brexit is an abbreviation for “British exit,” referring to the UK’s decision in a June 23, 2016 referendum to leave the European Union (EU). “Leave” won the referendum with 51.9% of the ballot, or 17.4 million votes; “Remain” received 48.1%, or 16.1 million. Disabled people make up 1 in 5 of the population.  Despite the likelihood of significant impact on disabled people, there has been very little information about the potential implications.  This was true at the time of the referendum, and since. Disability Equality Scotland is a member-led organisation.  We have consulted with our 600 members on issues around
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Weekly Poll Results – Learning Disability and Autism Review

Question: Do you think psychologists working in learning disability and autism should have extra powers to decide if someone needs to be kept in hospital for mental health treatment? Yes/No Your Feedback: 63% (22 respondents) felt that psychologists working in learning disability and autism should have extra powers to decide if someone needs to be kept in hospital for mental health treatment. The remaining 37% (13 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “Psychologists are notAMP’s for the simple reason, they do not have sufficient medical and pharmacological training to make such judgements and should continue to work in collaboration with AMP’s!”
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Weekly Poll Results – Free Bus Travel for Older and Disabled People

Question: Do you think the age that you qualify for a free bus pass should rise? Yes/No Your Feedback: 39% (21 respondents) answered yes, as they think the age that you qualify for a free bus pass should rise.  61% (33 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: The majority of comments from respondents agree that a rise in the age of free bus travel should be in line with the current age of retirement. “Yes, up to sixty-five because that is now the age set for retirement for both women and men.” “Since the country is so hard up I do feel
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Your Feedback – Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Question: Do you think the assessment process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) needs to change? Yes/No Your Feedback: 96% (49 respondents) answered yes, as they think the assessment process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) needs to change. 4% (2 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “The assessment process was horrendous. I was worried and anxious before the assessment took place because of my mental health and I even broke down in tears throughout the interview.” “The PIP application form is long and I worked with my key worker to fill it
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Housing

Question: Is there enough accessible housing in Scotland? Yes/No Your Feedback: 100% (40 respondents) agreed that there is not enough accessible housing in Scotland. Your Comments: “Housing associations need to commit at least 20% of their budgets to accessible new builds – that reflects the amount of disabled people currently in the population.” “I am fortunate enough to live in one of Blackwood’s accessible homes but I am well aware that I am one of the lucky ones, most of my friends who live with the same disability as me struggle in unsuitable housing because there is not enough to
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Weekly Poll Results – Hate Crime

Question: Have you or anyone you know ever experienced a disability hate crime? Yes/No Your Feedback: 74% (31 respondents) answered yes, as they or someone they knew had experienced a disability hate crime. 26% (11 respondents) had not. Your Comments: “I’ve never experienced this but if so I would report it and expect it to be followed up. Younger kids need to learn from an early age what is and isn’t acceptable I terms of language used as well as behaviour.” “I did not report it because at the time their was very little knowledge of third party reporting it
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Weekly Poll Results – Mental Health in the Workplace

Question: Do you think employers have a role supporting staff with their mental health? Yes/No Your Feedback: 100% of respondents answered yes and agreed that employers must support staff with their mental health. Your Comments: “Employers, particularly those running small businesses, need access to advice and guidance on mental health issues – on how to promote good mental health in the workplace….and how to respond to and support staff.” “Of course, although the stigma surrounding mental health sometimes makes it difficult for staff and management to discuss these sort of issues.” “Yes. Although it can only be in relation to
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Weekly Poll Results – Universal Credit

Question: Do you think Universal Credit should be stopped in Scotland? Yes/No Yes/No Your Feedback: 90% (37 respondents) answered yes, as they thought Universal Credit should be stopped in Scotland. 10% (4 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “Yes, stop Universal Credit, this has caused and is causing sheer misery for a lot of families” “Not only is unwanted it will have serious effects on councils incomes putting other services at risk.” “It is not fit for purpose. Delays in processing claims are contributing to rent arrears, evictions and the need for a rise in foodbanks. It’s a disaster” “The changeover
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Weekly Poll Results – Social Security Benefits

Question: Do you think the Scottish Government will deliver an improved social security benefits system? Yes/No Your Feedback: 62% (31 respondents) answered yes, as they thought the Scottish Government could deliver an improved social security system. 38% (19 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “We should have full control and rules would never be set by Westminster. I have huge respect for Jean Freeman, she is leading a real change vs business as usual and I wish her well.” “One of the problems at the moment with the benefit system is method of contact. Usually telephone, if a person has difficulty
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Weekly Poll Results – Access to Court Services

Question: Have you or someone you know encountered any problems accessing court services? Yes/No Your Feedback: 55% of respondents answered yes, as they or someone they knew had encountered problems accessing court services. 45% of respondents answered no. Your Comments: “Civil/Criminal Court Deaf people with communication support needs find it difficult to get an initial appointment for legal advice as it is unclear who pays for the communication support and it may even require communication support to organise an appointment.” “Physical barriers, at counters and in courts themselves e.g. sheriff court” “I am in a wheelchair on the first day
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Weekly Poll Results – Organ Donation

Question: Do you think the organ donation system should be opt-out? Yes/No Your Feedback: 91% (50 respondents) answered yes, as they thought the organ donation system should be opt-out. 9% (5 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “There is a shortage of organs for donation. Many will die before they are offered one. We must change the law.” “Doesn’t take into account people like Jehovahs Witnesses who wouldn’t want their organs donated or it may be that people simply lack capacity to be able to opt out and wouldn’t want their organs donated” “Consideration must be given to people who do
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Weekly Poll Results – Rail Ticket Accessibility

Question: Have you encountered any problems when purchasing rail tickets and or using concession/companion cards when travelling? Yes/No Your Feedback: 46% (19 respondents) answered yes, as they had experienced problems when purchasing rail tickets. 54% (22 respondents) had encountered no problems. Your Comments: “I have problems with ticket machines so prefer to buy tickets in advance and have them delivered by post.” “1. Deaf people find it hard if they are buying tickets in unmanned stations and there are problems because they cannot phone the helpline service. 2. Deafblind people often have trouble reading the small print. Sometimes the print
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Weekly Poll Results – Road Works

Question: Have road works ever affected your ability to get around? Yes/No Your Feedback: 96% of respondents answered yes as road works had affected their ability to get around, 4% of respondents answered no. Your Comments: “Roadworks have frequently caused me problems – especially in towns and cities. I find that it is becoming increasingly difficult to manoeuvre a wheelchair or power chair around roadworks. The main problem is that although they tend to provide a “walkway” around the work being done, the quality of the substitute route is poor with obstacles and rough surfaces.” “Speed bumps or humps cause
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Weekly Poll Results – Passenger Assistance at airports

Question: Have you encountered any problems with passenger assistance at airports in Scotland? Yes/No Your Feedback: 81% (42 respondents) answered yes as they had experienced difficulties purchasing accessible tickets. 19% (10 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “At Prestwick a mobile lift delay caused the plane to be delayed significantly and for me to be lifted into planes seat (I am tetraplegic) while an entire plane watched. I felt humiliated and was held entirely to blame for their delay.” “While travelling to Spain on my own as a registered blind person the airport staff at Prestwick were excellent and couldn’t do
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Weekly Poll Results – Blue Badge

Question: Do you think ScotRail provide enough Blue Badge parking spaces? Yes/No Your Feedback: 44 respondents answered no as they thought ScotRail do not provide enough blue badge parking spaces. 9 respondents answered yes. Your Comments: “There could be enough if they were policed properly to stop non badge holders parking” “Some stations have adequate accessible parking but not all. Scot rail also need to ensure a consistent approach to enforcing accessible parking and ensuring these faces are not abused. They should also have plans to ensure that where needed accessible parking links to passenger assist services.” “I am near
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Weekly Poll Results – Impact of Brexit on the Scottish Budget

Question: Do you think the Scottish Budget will be worse off as a result of Brexit? Yes/No Your Feedback: 88% (28 respondents) answered yes as they think the Scottish Budget will be worse off as a result of Brexit. 12% (4 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “As there does not seem to be any plan for exit and disability still low on government priority I think things will be worse off” “It may be something of a cynical view but I feel that the degree of speculative uncertainty that already prevails will only lead to opportunists both in the commercial
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Tickets

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about accessible tickets. Question: Have you or someone you know found it difficult to buy accessible tickets for an event? (live music, theatre, comedy, sport and conferences etc.) Yes/No Your Feedback: 81% (42 respondents) answered yes as they had  experienced difficulties purchasing accessible tickets. 19% (10 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “In Glasgow at the main large venues (Hydro etc) it is virtually impossible to get Accessible Tickets. If you don’t get through on the Phone within the first 5 minutes of lines opening then you have no chance.” “Never tried
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Postal Services

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about accessible postal services. Question: Have you experienced any difficulties accessing postal services, for example travelling to depots to collect mail delivered when you were out, or arranging redelivery of items? Yes/No Your Feedback: 59% (23 respondents) answered yes as they had  experienced difficulties accessing postal services. 41% (16 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “Four Post Offices nearest to where I live are all inaccessible to me – this means travelling great distances or having to pay a carer to go to my local Post Office to complete my transactions there.
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