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Weekly Poll Results – Hate Crime Bill (Week Beginning 22 June 2020)

Weekly Poll Results – Hate Crime Bill (Week Beginning 22 June 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 22 June, we asked  questions about the Hate Crime Bil.  Question 1. Do you think the new bill will improve on existing legislation for hate crime in Scotland? YES – 68% (32 respondents) NO – 32% (15 respondents) Question 2. Does the bill give the right protections for disabled people?  YES – 57% (26 respondents) NO – 43% (20 respondents)  Question 3. Are there any groups that
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Shielding (Week Beginning 15 June 2020)

Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Shielding (Week Beginning 15 June 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 15 June, we asked a question about people in the shielding category.  Question: If you are shielding or at high risk from COVID-19, do you think there is enough information and support available to you? Results: Yes – 22% (24 respondents) No – 78% (87 respondents) Summary Report:  Download a copy of the summary report (PDF) Please contact us if you require an alternative format.  Comments:  Shielding Category There were
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Face Coverings (Week Beginning 8 June 2020)

Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Face Coverings (Week Beginning 8 June 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 8 June, we asked a question about face coverings on public transport. Question: If a face covering were to be mandatory on public transport, would you wear one? Results: Yes – 99% (762 respondents) No –  1% (6 respondents) Summary Report:  Download a copy of the summary report (PDF) Please contact us if you require an alternative format.  Comments:  The following is a summary of the main themes and
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Easing of Lockdown (Week Beginning 1 June 2020)

Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Easing of Lockdown Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week commencing 1 June 2020, we posed three questions: Question 1. Do you have any concerns about the easing of lockdown, especially if you or someone you know is shielding? YES –90% (113 respondents) NO – 10% (12 respondents) Question 2. Has information about the easing of lockdown in Scotland been reported in a clear and accessible manner? YES –62% (78 respondents) NO – 38% (47 respondents) Question 3. Are you confident that
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Physical Distancing (Week Beginning 25 May)

Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Physical Distancing Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week commencing 25 May 2020, by request of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS), we posed the following question: Question: During your daily exercise, or when undertaking essential journeys, have you experienced any issues with physically distancing? Results: Yes – 99% (907 respondents) No –  1% (13 respondents) Summary Report:  Download a copy of the summary report (PDF) Please contact us if you require an alternative format.  Your Comments: Infrastructure Pavements in
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Mental Health (Week Beginning 18 May)

Question: Has your mental health been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Results: Yes – 69% (50 respondents) No –  31% (22 respondents) Your Comments: Impact on Mental Health The current crisis and lockdown restrictions have had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of some respondents. This includes an increase in stress, anxiety, and depression. “When in a 12-week lockdown and you cannot see your family, it is not a nice place to be in mentally.” “Lockdown is causing stress, depression, and claustrophobia.” “Being blind and hearing impaired the only activity I have is to walk my
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Furlough Job Retention Scheme (Week Beginning 11 May)

Question: Do you think there is enough support in place for employers and employees across Scotland? Results: Yes – 37% (25 respondents) No –  63% (42 respondents) Your Comments: Self-employed Some respondents felt there is a lack of support for people who are self-employed. “Particularly poor support for self-employed and those needing to turn to the social security system for help. The delay in receiving any financial assistance is unacceptable with claimants for universal credit having to wait weeks for a decision and then a further few weeks for a payment. This just isn’t good enough and strengthens the case
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Inclusive Communication (Week Beginning 4 May)

Question: Have you received information about COVID-19 in a format that is accessible for you? Examples of accessible information include easy read, braille, audio, British Sign Language, captions and plain text. Results: Yes – 54% (41 respondents) No –  46% (36 respondents) Your Comments: Accessible Formats Available Respondents had received important information about COVID-19 in a variety of accessible formats. “I have received a range of different information from the Westminster and Scottish Governments in an accessible format.” “Easy read information for people with learning disabilities is available from the government.” “We have been trying to make sure that everyone
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Equality and Human Rights (Week Beginning 27 April)

Question: Have there been specific equality or human rights impacts on groups of people as a response to the virus? Results: Yes – 62% (50 respondents) No –  38% (31 respondents) Your Comments: Health and Social Care Our members highlighted the equality and human rights impacts on disabled people from not being able to access health and social care, which in some cases has resulted on greater reliance on family, friends, and neighbours. “Carers have been utterly neglected up until now.” “The right to treatment/health care has been reduced. Some people have been proactively targeted for Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Access to Supermarkets (Week Beginning 20 April)

Question: Have you encountered problems accessing supermarket stores and/or booking online delivery slots? Results: Yes – 69% (61 respondents) No – 31% (27 respondents) Your Comments: Shielding List Some members had experienced difficulties, for example where they were on a priority list, but the parameters changed, and they were no longer eligible, or who are on a shielding list, but have not received confirmation from the NHS.  Others found they were challenged at supermarkets and felt they had to ‘prove’ their disability. “My condition like many others is not on the guidance list.  When trying to access supermarkets at times
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Access to Medical Care (Week Beginning 13 April)

Question: Have you or someone you know received contact from a GP to discuss access to medical care, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? Results: Yes – 3% (15 respondents) No – 97% (423 respondents) Your Comments: Reassurances About DNR “No one has asked me about DNR, all medical staff are trying to limit my risk, keep me in the community and avoid hospital as far as possible” “My GP surgery phoned me to ask if I had any concerns with anything and also told me not to worry about the DNR media hype as there was no change.” “I
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Impact on Public Transport (Week Beginning 6 April)

Question: Are you aware of changes to public transport, including altered timetables and new social distancing measures for Passenger Assistance? Results: Yes – 12% (30 respondents) No – 88% (223 respondents) Your Comments Passenger Assistance Passenger Assistance is still being offered during the coronavirus outbreak, according to transport providers, but there has been a significant reduction in demand for this service.  There are some restrictions and new measures in place to allow passengers to be assisted safely.  This includes protective masks, gloves and apron for staff.   “Gloves are worn by assistance team and equipment is cleaned down after each use.
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Impact on Social Care (Week Beginning 30 March)

Question: Have you (or someone you know) been unable to access assistance from social care services?   Results: Yes – 50% (22 respondents) No – 50% (22 respondents) Your comments: Changes to Social Care “One of my usual support workers has had to self-isolate but I am still currently getting my usual hours, with other support workers I know. This may change if any of the staff get sick and they have to cover some of their shifts. As well as the stuff they usually help me with they have also got some shopping for me as there were problems
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Survey Response: Impact of COVID-19 on Disabled People

Survey Response: Impact of COVID-19 on Disabled People As news about coronavirus (COVID-19) dominates the headlines and public concern is on the rise, Disability Equality Scotland wanted to explorethe impact on disabled people. A survey was sent to our membership during the week beginning 23 March 2020 and ran for one week. In total, 204 respondents gave their views on a variety of questions, covering information, communication, medication and social isolation. Download Our Report (PDF) Please contact us if you require the report in an alternative format: Email: admin@disabilityequality.scot Telephone: 0141 370 0968  Key Findings  We have also produced a
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Supermarket Stockpiling (Week Beginning 23 March)

Question: Are you concerned by shortages of products in supermarkets across Scotland caused by panic buying? Results: Yes – 92% (45 respondents) No – 8% (4 respondents) Your comments Vulnerable People Missing Out “People are selfishly stripping the shelves bare and it’s disgusting. If people just stuck to the usual amount they bought we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I have to shop for my elderly mother who is 88 tomorrow and we can’t even get the basics. It means me having to go to several shops and expose myself to even more risk of catching the coronavirus and then
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19 – Impact on the NHS (Week Beginning 16 March)

Question: Do you think the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland is prepared to deal with Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Results: Yes – 24% (14 respondents) No – 76% (44 respondent) Your comments: “I have every faith in our NHS. If necessary, armed forces medics can also be called in. This is unprecedented times, and everyone should take every precaution to prevent the spread of this virus.” “I do not think NHS will let themselves down nor patients who will be treated (I feel) to the best of NHS’s ability.” “It’s been so fast to take hold and so impactful, we can’t
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Weekly Poll Results – Blue Badge Misuse (Week Beginning 9 March)

Question: Do you think other council areas in Scotland must do more to clampdown on Blue Badge misuse? Results: Yes – 99% (686 respondents) No – 1% (1 respondent) Your comments: “Congratulations on this approach by Stirling council. Others need to follow their lead.” “Great news about Stirling Council. Access Panels should push the other councils to do likewise.” “It needs to be enforced better, including at hospitals, medical centres and supermarket car parks. Enforcement is currently a joke and people know this, hence spaces are abused and misused.” “Clackmannanshire has to be one of the worst areas, you pay
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessibility of Healthcare Information (Week Beginning 2 March)

Question:  Have you received healthcare information in a format that was not accessible for you? Results: Yes – 90% (145 respondents) No – 10% (17 respondents) Your comments: “I have missed 2 appointments because I couldn’t read what the letter said and by the time my family visited it was too late. I am still waiting for a new appointment. My family asked them to send the appointment to them but they were told they can only send it to my home address.” “I have been waiting over a year for an appointment just to discover I had missed it
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Weekly Poll Results – (Week Beginning 24 February)

Question: Do you agree with the 3 proposed objectives featured in the Police Scotland Strategy for keeping people safe?  Results: Yes – 74% (37 respondents) No – 26% (13 respondents) Your comments: “Age, disability and special needs are not clearly addressed in the development of digital services leaving these groups vulnerable to further abuse and open to theft of resources and the diminished of confidence.” “Yes, a positive change in policy now. Too much time wasted by police as first responders dealing with social issues which really should be dealt with by medical staff/paramedics, for example.” “Empty promises which will
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Weekly Poll Results – Decriminalisation of TV Licence Evasion (Week Beginning 17 February)

Question: Do you think TV licence fee evasion should be decriminalised? Results: Yes – 71% (42 respondents) No – 29% (17 respondents) Your comments: “I am concerned that some of us good citizens will be paying for those who have no decency to pay for theirs!” “Prisons are already overcrowded with people who deserve to be there for their crimes.” “Need to be made acquainted with various scheme models before choice could be made.” “There must be alternatives. Such as the channel’s that allow advertising. As someone on disability benefits and who rarely leaves the house my TV is a
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Weekly Poll Results – Social Care Inquiry (Week Beginning 10 February)

Question: Are you concerned by the increasing demand on social care services in Scotland?  Results: Yes – 100% (51 respondents) Your comments: “There really isn’t enough care cover. In my care package I’m assessed as needing approximately 40 hours a week however I receive less than 20 as no care agency in my area has enough space to cover the lot. Frequently my family have to cover (though they live 5 hours away and lose work time). There particularly is a lack of care for younger people with just physical disabilities and not learning disabilities. I want to be able
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Weekly Poll Results – Social and Equality Impacts of Brexit (Week Beginning 3 February)

Question: Are you concerned by ‘The Social and Equality Impacts of Brexit’ report which highlights the potential impacts Brexit will have on vulnerable people in Scotland? Results: Yes – 95% (260 respondents) No –5% (14 respondents) Your comments: “How will the Scottish Government manage to do everything it is doing to bring in a fairer and human rights based social security system and mitigate the issues raised within this report. Seems like an impossible task and it’s always disabled people or people struggling financially that get hit the most.” “My son has just gone through cancer treatment which is still
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Social Security Advisory Committee – Mobility Consultation

Social Security Advisory Committee – Mobility Consultation For the week commencing 11 November 2019 , Disability Equality Scotland posed the question: “Have you faced barriers to accessing the Motability scheme?” A total of 393 members responded to the question, with 93% (365 respondents) answering ‘Yes’, as they had faced barriers to accessing the Motability scheme. The results we received helped shape the Disability Equality Scotland response to the Social Security Advisory Committee Mobility Consultation. Download the Disability Equality Scotland Consultation Response
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Weekly Poll Results – Red Button Teletext service (Week Beginning 13 January)

Question: Are you concerned by the BBC’s decision to withdraw the Red Button Teletext service on 30 January 2020? Results: Yes – 80% (65 respondents) No –20% (16 respondents) Your comments: “deafscotland have written directly to those concerned and are encouraging others to do the same.” “It is a vital service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and are unable to hear the news presenters, weather reports or sports information and travel updates.” “I do not use the red button personally, but my dad was registered blind, and services such as this were a lifeline for him.”
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Weekly Poll Results – Automated Vehicles: Accessibility Outcomes (Week Beginning 6 January)

Question: Do you agree with the accessibility outcomes proposed by the Law Commission? Results: Yes – 98% (270 respondents) No –2 % (5 respondents) Your comments: “Good outcomes. Disabled people need to be involved in the evolution of the outcomes.” “A positive looking set of outcomes for a change. Well done Law Commission. Leading the way! Just a pity other transport operators don’t follow suit and redesign their transport services using these outcomes as a baseline.” “Outcomes are good but if they become law, they need to be enforced.” “No provision has been considered for safe removal of disabled passengers
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Railway Stations (Week Beginning 16 December)

Question: Do you feel confident accessing railway stations across Scotland over the festive period? Results: Yes –1% (3 respondents) No – 99% (257 respondents) Your comments: “I am not confident accessing train stations at any time of the year and the festive period is worse.” “I am lucky that most stations where I start and finish my journey are accessible, but I have heard there will be disruptions and bus replacement services during the festive period. This is a big problem for me as the bus replacements are sometimes coaches and as I don’t book assistance, I don’t get allocated
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Weekly Poll Results – Building Regulations (Week Beginning 9 December)

Question: Would you support a move in Scotland to adopt a similar building regulations layout as England and Wales to make accessibility guidance easier to find within the building regulations? Results: Yes – 85% (29 respondents) No – 15% (5 respondents) Your comments:  “This is absolutely overdue and I think the Access Panels should get behind this and lobby the Scottish government for this change. Good work!” “As a wheelchair user I despair of the Scottish regulations. I would like to see a day when I could have an equal opportunity to visit shops, services and friends without having to
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Weekly Poll Results – General Election 2019 (Week Beginning 2 December)

Question: In the run-up to elections, do you think that political parties do enough to make their manifestos available in accessible formats? Results: Yes – 15% (12 respondents) No – 85% (70 respondents) Your comments:  “Leaflets are poorly designed other than the SNP who use good colour contrast and clear key messages. The other parties have poor contrast, busy leaflets and flyers and poor layouts.” “Having asked for some last week I was disappointed to get a standard reply. Had to wait about four days to get directed to a link. It was am apologetic email but obvious to me
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Weekly Poll Results – Thistle Assistance (Week Beginning 25 November)

Have you heard about the Thistle Assistance Card? YES – 69% (167 respondents) NO –31% (76 respondents)  If yes, are you a user of the Thistle Assistance Card? YES – 40% (71 respondents) NO – 60% (105 respondents) Are you aware of any other tools helping people to travel more confidently (for example, a different card or badge scheme?) YES – 16% (39 respondents) NO – 83% (201 respondents Your comments:  “Doesn’t make any difference to the accessibility of transport or the help you get from bus drivers i.e. normally none!” “The pavements, bus stops and some bus drivers are
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Weekly Poll Results – Visitor Levy (Week Beginning 18 November)

Question: Do you think local authorities in Scotland should be given the choice to introduce a tourism tax? Results: Yes 50% (19 respondents) No 50% (19 respondents) Your comments:  Yes “I think the levy should be used to improve toilet facilities. At the moment in the Highlands toilets are few and far between and many close in the winter months.” “Tourist tax is common in Europe, USA, Canada, Asia etc. Tourists would not be discouraged to visit and stay. However, “staycations” are already very expensive; it would only add to the cost and make staycations even more expensive or unaffordable.” 
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