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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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Weekly Poll Results – 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 Results – 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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