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Weekly Poll Results – Incontinence Pads (Week Beginning 4 March 2019)

Question: Are you concerned that incontinence pads are being rationed by some NHS Scotland Health Boards? Your feedback: Yes 97% (72 respondents) No 3% (2 respondents) Your comments: Are concerned that incontinence pads are being rationed by some NHS Scotland Health Boards “Have any of the people who make these decisions ever been in the position of having to use these pads – highly unlikely. Terrible decision.” “Don’t we suffer enough indignities already.” “As a former carer i have seen what people go through if their pads are left on longer. I have seen how difficult it is to heal damaged
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Weekly Poll Results – TV Licence Fee (Week Beginning 11 February)

Question: Do you think the TV Licence should continue to be free for people aged 75 or over? Your feedback: Yes 88% (44 respondents) No 12% (6 respondents) Your comments:  Agree that the TV Licence should continue to be free for people aged 75 or over “It’s hard enough for people on state pensions and restricted incomes to manage financially. The UK Government should be ashamed of how they are treating older people and disabled people. Absolutely shocking treatments, while many MPs line their own pockets with obscene expenses !” “I cannot voice more strongly that the over 75s should certainly
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Weekly Poll Results – Rural Bank Closures (Week Beginning 4 February)

Question: Are you concerned about the closure of banks in rural areas across Scotland? Your feedback: Yes  94% (45 respondents) No 6% (3 respondents) Your comments:  “My local accessible Bank of Scotland closed in November 2016. Since then I have to do all my transactions in the street at the next nearest branch. The mobile Bank is inaccessible and I cannot even get near enough to it to press the button for assistance (which is half way up the staircase access to the van) so all my mobile bank transactions also occur in the street generally in the path of moving
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Weekly Poll Results – Automated Vehicles, Mounting the Pavement (Week Beginning 21 January)

Question: Do you think automated vehicles should be programmed to mount the pavement? Your feedback: Yes  20% (7 respondents) No 80% (28 respondents) Your comments:  “Disabled people and any other pedestrians have enough problems as it is actually using pavements due to illegally and selfishly parked and abandoned vehicles, totally blocked pavements, blocked dropped kerbs, double parked vehicles, etc. which continues unchallenged by Local Authority or Police without some robotic vehicle deciding it has more right to be on a pavement than a pedestrian does! Use of pavements by disabled and pedestrians is an absolute nightmare, robotic vehicles would take this nightmare
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Weekly Poll Results – Barriers to Reporting Hate Crime (Week Beginning 14 January)

Question: Have you experienced barriers to reporting a hate crime? Your feedback: Yes  43% (13 respondents) No 57% (17 respondents) Your comments:  “It’s difficult to report hate crime when you live in the same street as the perpetrators. They know it was likely to be you that reported them and retaliation has been forthcoming in the past. The retaliation experienced in the past was worse than the initial incident. I wouldn’t report it again unless I could be sure of my safety and security.” “I’ve not experienced it but know people that have. There are issues for BSL users and deaf
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Weekly Poll Results – Specialist Paramedics (Week Beginning 7 January)

Question: Would being treated at home by a paramedic be preferable than a trip to A&E for you or someone you care for? Your feedback: Yes  95% (39 respondents) No 5% (4 respondents) Your comments:  “If you can be treated at home it means the hospital bed is available for someone who really needs or has more complex needs than you do. These paramedics have skills that give them knowledge to treat people at home safety. It should also be remember that people are more relaxed at home and as a result might respond to treatment quicker than in hospital.” “So long
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Weekly Poll Results – Social Isolation and Loneliness Strategy (Week Beginning 17 December)

Question: Are you or someone you know concerned about being lonely or isolated over the festive period? Your feedback: Yes  73% (27 respondents) No 27% (10 respondents) Your comments:  “I think the built environment plays a big part in isolating those who are afraid to go out. I see this as the biggest barrier – I often just can’t be bothered. As it happens I’m active and involved in things, but I fully understand the predicament of others less able or fortunate.” “It is not so easy for those affected by deafness to socialise in the same way as hearing people. Background
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Weekly Poll Results – Brexit Peoples’ Vote (Week Beginning 10 December)

Question: Do you think there should be a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal? Your feedback: Yes  64% (32 respondents) No 36% (18 respondents) Your comments:  Yes “The whole thing is a mess and so much time wasted trying to get a deal. People did not have the full, accurate facts from the 2 sides when they voted. Still so many conflicting stories going round. What good will a General Election or new Prime Minister do? More chaos” “People can change their minds. Now we know withdrawal is not the easy process promised by Leave in 2016, it is time to
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Weekly Poll Results – Railway Station Accessibility (Week beginning 3 December)

Question: Have you had problems accessing railway stations in Scotland? Your feedback: Yes  83% (43 respondents) No 17% (9respondents) Your comments:  Yes “Improvement works at stations make things really difficult, with usual entrances/exits being closed, ramp access not clearly signposted, etc.” “Glasgow Central, Saltcoats, Ardrossan South Beach, Ayr getting on and off the train when you can’t find the guard!! or the ramps you have booked don’t turn up!!” “I haven’t been on the Scottish mainland for 2 years but when I visited the mainland from my home in Orkney, my main issue was that my booked assistants hardly ever showed up.
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Weekly Poll Results – Patient Transport (Week beginning 26 November)

Question: Have you had problems booking transport for medical/health care appointments? Your feedback: Yes  66% (25 respondents) No 34% (13 respondents) Your comments:  Yes “Patient transport is a nightmare. Especially with their changes to the PNA you have to go through each time. The first question is designed to prevent many patients from accessing it. Widespread bullying, intimidation and dishonesty, particularly at the Glasgow West headquarters. As a long term transport patient I ended up having to involve my MSP to retain my transport and they admit the pressure they are under. It is shocking. Even when clear medical evidence is
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Weekly Poll Results – Adaptive Clothing and High Street Accessibility (week beginning 19 November)

Question 1: Do you think clothing companies must do more to produce adaptive clothing lines that are more accessible and inclusive? Your feedback: Yes  97% (38 respondents) No 3% (1 respondent) Question 2: Do you think that current high street stores could improve on their accessibility? Your feedback: Yes  95% (35 respondents) No 5% (2 respondents) Your comments:  Adaptive Clothing “Really feel their could be space in the high street market for easy to wear clothing. Great topic! Well done to the student who is looking into it.” “It’s important to remember all ages of people need accessible clothing, the range should accommodate
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Weekly Poll Results – Roadworks (week beginning 12 November)

Question: Have you ever encountered roadworks which have made it more difficult or dangerous to navigate or for you to pass through as a pedestrian? Your feedback: Yes  95% (59 respondents) No 5% (3 respondent) Your comments:  Yes – 95% We had a sign left on the pavement for weeks after the work had ended. It was a potential hazard for all pedestrians. It was only removed after a phone call to the sign makers. Roadworks always difficult for me because even though I don’t use a wheelchair all the time when I do I find that people are not very helpful
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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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