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Weekly Poll Results – Smart Ticketing (week beginning 17 September)

Question: Do you think the introduction of smart ticketing is a good idea? Your feedback: Yes  79% (26 respondents) No 21% (7 respondents) Your comments:  Benefits “This will transform travel for many people as long as the supporting arrangements are accessible; how do people top up their accounts and will the formats available be accessible to everyone; e.g. accessible websites, accessible payment terminals etc” “Biggest advantage is you take more than 3 bus or tube journeys in a day then you are only charged for 3 max a day so you save money. Not so good if you run out of money
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Weekly Poll Results – Disabled Parking Bays (Week beginning 10 September)

Question: Do you think there needs to be a change in legislation to prevent the placing of bollards between disabled parking spaces? Your feedback: Yes  98% (41 respondents) No 2% (1 respondents) Your comments:  Agree with campaign to change legislation “This has caused damage to my chair on more than one occasion in the past” “I use a hoist to get my scooter out of the car and agree that I shouldn’t have to get it out into the road due to bollards determining the way I park my car.” “Governments, Councils etc are far too quick to install items without thinking the
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Weekly Poll Results – Plastic Straw Ban (Week beginning 3 September)

Question: Do you agree with the decision by Starbucks to ban plastic straws in all stores by 2020? Your feedback: Yes 61% (23  respondents) No 39% (15 respondents) Your comments:  Agree with the ban “We should all be taking responsibility for our environment where possible by utilising re-useable or more environmentally friendly alternatives.” “I can see the difficulties for people who require Plastic straws but that for me does not trump the environmental threat to the planet” “There is a massive and urgent environmental concern, and it must take precedence. There is undoubted inconvenience; I now have to carry my own cup
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Weekly Poll Results – Public Toilets (Week beginning 27 August)

Question: Are you concerned by the closure of council-owned public toilets across Scotland? Your feedback: Yes 95% (79 respondents) No 5% (4 respondents) Your comments:  Concerned by the closure of council-owned public toilets across Scotland “This has been done by Aberdeenshire Council without a proper Impact Assessment being carried out which is against their own Disability Equality Duty.” “Arran has had all its public toilets closed by the council. The majority are now being run by local volunteers. We appear to have returned to the 17th century with regard to public hygiene. The council should NOT be relying on the goodwill of local
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Weekly Poll Results – e-cigarettes (Week beginning 20 August)

Question: Should people be allowed to use e-cigarettes in public places such as trains, offices and restaurants? Your feedback: Yes 11% (7 respondents) No 89% (59 respondents) Your comments:  Against Vaping in Public “E cigarette users CHOOSE to vape and that is their choice. My choice NOT to use these ridiculous things would be compromised if they are allowed in public spaces. I am concerned that I would be subjected to the disgusting smell and worse, the inhalation of chemicals, used in them. They should absolutely NOT be allowed in public, shared, places.” “Although the health benefits are there for the smokers,
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Weekly Poll Results – Rise in Cost of Prescriptions (Week beginning 13 August)

Question: Are you concerned about the increase in cost of prescriptions in Scotland? Your feedback: Yes 74% (29 respondents) No 26% (10 respondents) Your comments:  “Yes I am concerned about the rising cost of drugs. It is also time that Governments used unused drugs, which have been returned to chemists. Of course, loose drugs and out of date drugs, would be destroyed, but unopened boxes of drugs full,u opened blister sheets of drugs could surely be given to third world countries? To just destroy them is pure waste.” “I am concerned that free prescriptions get abused. This could prevent people from receiving
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Weekly Poll Results – RBS Branch Closures (Week beginning 6 August)

Question: Are you concerned about proposals for RBS to close a further 10 branches in Scotland? Your feedback: Yes 91% (32 respondents) No 9% (3 respondents) Your comments:  “Why wasn’t this review carried out before RBS closed ANY branch? My local branch closed 2 years ago, and since then I have had to get someone else to do my banking. Mobile bank vehicles are inaccessable to many disabled people. The number of times and hours have been cut. For me to do online banking on the RBS website I would need to buy a new computer as their website isn’t compatible with my
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Weekly Poll Results – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 (week beginning 30 July 2018)

Question: Are you confident that this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be accessible and inclusive for all? Your feedback: Yes 27% (8 Respondents) No 73% (22 respondents) Your comments:  “Past experience has shown that there is an element of people providing accessible adaptations and not fully understanding the potential barriers they are inadvertently installing. For example ramped entrances to venues and attractions are merely slopes with really steep gradients perhaps 1:8/9. Far too steep for most people to use independently.” “I’m an avid fan of the Fringe. Mostly good experiences but more could be done. Temporary coverings over cobbled paths and courtyards would
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Weekly Poll Results –  Disability Employment Gap (Week beginning 23 July 2018)

Question: Do you think public sector organisations (the police, the army, public transport, health services, education, councils and the government)  must do more to employ disabled people in Scotland? Your feedback: Yes 95% (19 Respondents) No 5% (1 respondent) Your comments:  “Main problem is the cost of travel to work. Had to turn down job offer because I could not afford cost of travelling to work by taxi.!” “Yes, there is a lot that could be done to improve communication and understand communication barriers. We would like to see more people with communication barriers in employment.” “I think all organisations need to
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Weekly Poll Results – Airport Passenger Assistance

Question: Have you encountered any problems when using passenger assistance at an airport in Scotland? (For example: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee.) Your feedback: Yes 33% (17 Respondents) No 67% (34 respondents) Your comments:  “I cannot fault the staff at Glasgow and Prestwick. The biggest problem is some people demanding assistance without actually booking it, and do not genuinely need it.” “I usually travel from Edinburgh airport. I prefer to remain in my own wheelchair until I board the plane. I find the staff helpful and getting used to tagging my wheelchair ready for stowing in the hold. At one time
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Weekly Poll Results – NHS Waiting Times

Question: Have you experienced longer waiting times for NHS treatment than the 18-week referral to treatment (RTT) target? Your feedback: Yes 70% (28 Respondents) No 30% (12 respondents) Your comments:  “The NHS in Scotland is doing better than it is in England have a number of family and friends in different parts of England who have waited beyond set times for appointments” “I received an X-ray, of which these results were forwarded electronically to the consultant, and I was able to see the consultant immediately after – saving additional appointments and returns. These consultants opinion was then relayed to my own doctor
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Weekly Poll Results – Junk Food Promotions

Question: Do you think plans to restrict the promotion and marketing of foods high in salt, sugar and fat will help to reduce childhood obesity in Scotland? Your feedback: Yes –55% (33 respondents) No – 45% (27 respondents) Your comments:  “While this is a step in the right direction we need to encourage children to spend less time playing video games and actually go and play sports. Such as football , cycling in fact any sort.” “The initial problem lies in the way products are manufactured. But unless parents take responsibility little will change.” “Only partly because the real world culture
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Weekly Poll Results – Disability and the Arts

Question: Are there enough disabled actors in TV, Film, Theatre and the Arts? Your feedback: Yes –7% (3 respondents) No – 93% (39 respondents) Your comments:  “There needs to be more disabled actors and the only way this can be done is if the writers write the characters with a disability such as Dr House, Walt Jr in Breaking Bad and more recently the deaf daughter in the movie A Quiet Place. To attract more disabled actors these roles need to be like the examples given, of characters that happen to have disabilities, but these are not a weakness and the story
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Weekly Poll Results – Hate Crime on Transport

Question: Have you experienced or witnessed a Disability Hate Crime on public transport? (Bus, Train, Tram, Subway, Ferry, Taxi, Plane) Your feedback: Yes –35% (11 respondents) No – 65% (20 respondents) Your comments: “I have been shouted and swore at on bus because we asked someone to vacate the wheelchair space with their suitcase.” “I think the staff on public transport (buses and trains) need better training on how to recognise disability hate crime, how to assist those being abused and de-escalation techniques to defuse the situation if possible.” “I would hope a Charter would reduce these crimes. People must report these
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Weekly Poll Results – Parking on Pavements Ban

Question: The Scottish Government is to ban parking on pavements. Do you agree with the ban? Your feedback: Yes –98% (87respondents) No – 2% (2 respondents) Your comments: “Pavements are for pedestrians not vehicles. A ban will assist me as I will not face so many barriers when out and about in my wheelchair.” “From a motorist point of view it may increase traffic congestion as people park on the road surface, but this is not a reason not to make the changes.” “Will be very difficult in housing estates where there are few designated parking areas. Cars need to be half
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Weekly Poll Results – Establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service in Scotland

Question: Ministers intend to use regulation-making powers in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 to establish a statutory service. The proposals include: the duty to ensure that people are available to provide support, and to deliver training, will be placed on local authorities; a broad statutory duty will be supported by more detailed guidance; the Care Inspectorate will come under a duty of quality assessment, while the Mental Welfare Commission will have oversight of the provision of services nationwide. Do you agree with the above proposals? Your feedback: Yes –90% (26 respondents) No – 3% (1 respondent) Don’t know – 7%
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Weekly Poll Results – Electronic Voting

Question: The Scottish Government has announced that it will be undertaking pilots of electronic voting for elections. Do you think the introduction of electronic voting is a good idea? Your feedback: Yes –77% (37 respondents) No – 23% (11 respondents) Your comments: Benefits of Electronic Voting “Electronic Voting is long over due. As long as they ensure it is fully Accessible to Screen Readers etc. Electronic Voting will also encourage our younger members of society to participate.” “I feel this would be great for autistic people who struggle with sensory issues who can then vote from their own homes.” “Yes but elderly
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Weekly Poll Results – On-street Advertising Boards

Question: Edinburgh has banned on-street advertising boards – do you think they should be banned in your area? Your feedback: Yes –88% (58 respondents) No – 12% (8 respondent) Your comments: “I use a mobility scooter and wheelchair,the pavements are bad enough to navigate round with cars parked on them the condition of them and the narrowness with as boards clogging them up as well.so I agree they should be banned!!!” “Far worse than advertising hoardings are signs saying “road works ahead” and similar. They are a far greater hazard to disabled people. Such signs should not be allowed on the pavement.”
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Weekly Poll Results – Mental Health

Question:Do we need to change our culture to talk more about stress and mental health? Your feedback: Yes –98% (49 respondents) No – 2% (1 respondent) Your comments: “Mental health services are woefully inadequate and a lot more money needs to be invested. People with mental illness such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder need to be supported a lot more in their community.” “People affected by deafness have significant increase in likelihood of mental health problems. We need to understand stress, distress and building resilience plus ways of managing positive health & well being.” “There is little early intervention strategies and
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Weekly Poll Results – Community Transport

Question: Do you use community transport services in your local area? Your feedback: Yes –31% (9 respondents) No – 69% (20 respondents) Your comments: “Often the support staff or drivers are volunteers and it’s important that people who give up their time are afforded the same protections and regards to safety as if they were a full time member of staff. And behind this is often an amount of staff or volunteers to recruit and organise volunteers.” “The voluntary sector and community transport really does fill a huge gap that isn’t, or in many cases can’t be filled by the local
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Weekly Poll Results – Inclusive Communication

Question: Do you think a similar approach to inclusive communication should be adopted by organisations across Scotland? Your feedback: Yes –100% (45 respondents) Your comments: “Telephone helplines are useless to disabled people. For example, NHS Scotland should have emergency email helplines for deaf people. Text helplines are useless to those who live in areas where there is no signal for mobiles. Terms and conditions in small print should be banned.” “I agree that many organisations should go for inclusive communication as it would improve their service delivery.However the cost implications would have to be considered” “Use of signs can be difficult
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Weekly Poll Results – Food Banks

Question: Have you or someone you know used a food bank? Your feedback: Yes –51% (25 respondents) No 49% (24 respondents) Your comments: “Food bank use and food poverty are this nation’s shame. Access to food is a basic human right, it’s not a privilege. I volunteer at a food bank and see numerous people every day come through the doors for a host of reasons, but mainly because of the 5 week wait for universal credit. How are people supposed to live with no money for 5 weeks? It’s a disgrace.
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Weekly Poll Results – Doorstep Crime

Question: Have you been a victim of doorstep crime? Your feedback: Yes –10% (3 respondents) No 90% (26 respondents) Your comments: “I do know some vulnerable and elderly people near by that have been a victim of doorstep crime. I feel they do not see this as a crime and tend to think they have just been scammed.” “Tackling this needs champions in local areas via whom vulnerable house holders can refer to as a delaying tactic to get rid of pressure prone scammers What we did next: We shared your Responses with Police Scotland, who use the comments to create
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Weekly Poll Results – Sugar Tax

Question: Will the sugar tax help reduce obesity? Your feedback: Yes –30% (14 respondents) No 70% (32 respondents) Your comments: “Even if companies cut down on sugar, they still replace the sugar with other chemicals that still are not good for our health.” “Yes it should help but only as part of a package of measures that looks at availability, education and alternative activities.” “As a type 2 insulin-dependent diabetic Lucozade was the ‘go to’ drink when diabetics had hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), now diabetics have had to use other methods to increase their blood sugar in the case of
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Weekly Poll Results – Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Question: Did you benefit from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games? ( For example: increased physical activity, work experience, new housing) Your feedback: Yes –3% (1 respondents) No 97% (28 respondents) Your comments: “Has had positive impact: housing, regeneration, facilities but disappointing activity levels have not increased. Need for longer “pre” work and more dedicated “post” work planned in – hindsight!” “The 2014 Commonwealth Games made me want to take up a sport but I live in a remote rural area where I cannot even get access to the swimming pool and most sports venues are totally inaccessible to me so was
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Weekly Poll – Mobile Banking

Question: RBS is planning to replace many local branches with a mobile banking vehicle that will visit local areas as per a fixed timetable. Is a mobile banking vehicle a suitable option for you?’ Your feedback: Yes –19% (15respondents) No 81% (64 respondents) Your comments: Responses were shared with Sottish Rural Action, who are working with Jeane Freeman MSP to approach the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and request that they investigate the RBS plans to replace branches with banking vehicles. The comments that we received from our members raised a number of concerns about the introduction of a
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Housing

Question: Have you come across barriers which prevent you from living in a home which could improve your quality of life? Your feedback: Yes –73% (29 respondents) No 27% (11 respondents) Your comments: “We live upstairs and my daughter has mobility issues. We are also isolated as had to move away from own neighbour hood after homelessness” “All Doors are below current standards for wheelchair access. Council refusing to replace my Broken 25yr old Stairlift inspite of 2 x positive NHS Reach assessments.” “All sorted now but took several years! Barriers: * Lack of suitable housing stock. * Lack of
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Weekly Poll Results – 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 Results – 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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