Posts by James Davidson

Weekly Poll – Housing to 2040 Strategy (Week Beginning 29 March 2021)

Weekly Poll – Housing to 2040 Strategy Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 29 March 2021, we asked a question about the proposed Housing to 2040 Strategy. Results Do you think that a new Scottish Accessible Homes standard will help make housing more accessible for disabled people in Scotland? YES – 58% (39 respondents) NO – 42% (28 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Lack of Accessible Housing A narrow majority of respondents (58%) believed
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Weekly Poll – Human Rights (Week Beginning 15 March 2021)

Weekly Poll – Human Rights (Week Beginning 15 March 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 15 March 2021, we asked a question about a proposed Human Rights bill. Results Do you think a Human Rights bill will help to improve the lives of disabled people in Scotland? YES – 83% (155 respondents) NO – 17% (32 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Support for the Proposed Bill The vast majority of respondents (83%) believed
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Weekly Poll – Face Covering Guidance in Schools (Week Beginning 8 March 2021)

Weekly Poll – Face Covering Guidance in Schools (Week Beginning 8 March 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 8 March 2021, we asked a question about face coverings in schools Results Do you agree with updated guidance which requires all secondary school pupils to wear face coverings in school (unless exempt due to a disability or health condition)? YES – 71% (49 respondents) NO – 29% (20 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Supportive
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Weekly Poll – Vaccine Passports (Week Beginning 1 March 2021)

Weekly Poll – Vaccine Passports (Week Beginning 1 March 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 1 March 2021, we asked a question about vaccine passports. Results Should vaccine passports be introduced in Scotland? YES – 57% (89 respondents) NO – 43% (66 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Reassurances A narrow majority of respondents (57%) believed vaccine passports should be introduced in Scotland. There was recognition that the proposed scheme could provide reassurances to
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Weekly Poll – Reopening of Schools (Week Beginning 22 February 2021)

Weekly Poll – Reopening of Schools Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 22 February 2021, we asked a question about reopening of schools. Results Do you have any concerns about the phased return to school for pupils across Scotland? YES – 45% (38 respondents) NO – 55% (46 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Compliance with Guidance As schools begin to reopen through a phased approach, some respondents were concerned by the risk of young
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout (Week Beginning 15 February 2021)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 15 February 2021, we asked a question about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Results Are you satisfied with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Scotland so far?   YES – 51% (85 respondents) NO – 49% (82 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Priority Groups Respondents recognised the importance of prioritising the vaccine for older adults, including residents in care homes and care home
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Weekly Poll – Assistive Technology (Week Beginning 8 February 2021)  

Weekly Poll – Assistive Technology (Week Beginning 8 February 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 8 February 2021, we asked a question about access to assistive technology. Results Do you think more could be done to promote eye care services and access to assistive technology in Scotland?   YES – 96% (52 respondents) NO – 4% (2 respondents) Comments An overwhelming majority of respondents (96%) believed that more could be done to promote eye care services and access to assistive technology in Scotland. We provide
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Weekly Poll – Adult Disability Payment (Week Beginning 1 February 2021)

Weekly Poll – Adult Disability Payment (Week Beginning 1 February 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 1 February 2021, we asked a question about Adult Disability Payment, a new Scottish benefit which will replace Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and be delivered by Social Security Scotland. Results Do you think the process for applying and being assessed for Adult Disability Payment is an improvement over Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?  YES – 32% (91 respondents) NO – 68% (191 respondents) Comments There is recognition from respondents
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Weekly Poll – Brexit Transitions (For the Week Beginning 25 January 2021)

Weekly Poll – Brexit Transitions Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 25 January 2021, we asked questions about the impact of Brexit transitions. Results Have you been affected by the United Kingdom leaving the European Union? YES – 35% (17 respondents) NO – 65% (31 respondents) Are you concerned about what might change over the next year? YES – 65% (32 respondents) NO – 35% (17 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. A key concern
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Weekly Poll – Affordability of Communication Services (Week Beginning 18 January 2021)

Weekly Poll – Affordability of Communication Services (Week Beginning 18 January 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 18 January 2021, we asked a question about the affordability of communication services. Results Have you been unable to afford communication services, such as broadband and mobile phone packages?  YES – 83% (116 respondents) NO – 17% (23 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Affordability of Communication Services The vast majority of respondents (83%) stated that they
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Weekly Poll – Blue Badge Scheme (Week Beginning 11 January 2021)

Weekly Poll – Blue Badge Scheme (Week Beginning 11 January 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 11 January 2021, we asked a question about the Blue Badge scheme, a topic suggested by Transport Scotland. Results Do you think the Blue Badge scheme delivers a user-friendly and effective service to badge holders?  YES – 29% (62 respondents) NO – 71% (154 respondents) Comments There was consensus amongst respondents that the Blue Badge scheme is a vital initiative that provides disabled people with the means to
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Stay at Home Guidance (Week Beginning 4 January 2021)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Stay at Home Guidance (Week Beginning 4 January 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 4 January 2021, we asked a question about the latest stay at home guidance. Results Do you have concerns about the new lockdown measures that have been introduced in Mainland Scotland?  YES – 61% (46 respondents) NO – 39% (29 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Shielding People in the shielding category are at the greatest
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Weekly Poll – Single-use Plastic Items (Week Beginning 7 December 2020)

Weekly Poll – Single-use Plastic Items Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 7 December 2020, we asked a question about single-use plastic items. Results Do you support the proposal to introduce a restriction on the supply of single-use plastic items (for example: plastic straws, cutlery, plates, cups) in Scotland?  YES – 66% (42 respondents) NO – 34% (22 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Plastic Pollution Respondents recognised the need to take meaningful action to
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (Week Beginning 30 November 2020)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Vaccination Programme   Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 30 November 2020, we asked a question about the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Results Do you have any concerns about the recommended priority groups that have been identified to receive a COVID-19 vaccine during the first wave of distribution?   YES – 28% (43 respondents) NO – 72% (113 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. People Most at Risk Some respondents believed that disabled people who
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Weekly Poll – Scotland’s Five Tier COVID-19 Protection Levels (Week Beginning 23 November 2020)

Weekly Poll – Scotland’s Five Tier COVID-19 Protection Levels (Week Beginning 23 November 2020)                          Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 23 November 2020, we asked a question about Scotland’s five tier COVID-19 protection levels. Results Do you have any concerns about the five tier COVID-19 protection levels? (for example: support available, how changes have been communicated, access to essential supplies)  YES – 63% (41 respondents) NO – 37% (24 respondents) Comments We provide
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Weekly Poll – Free Bus Travel for Young People Under 19 (Week Beginning 16 November 2020)

Weekly Poll – Free Bus Travel for Young People Under 19 Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 16 November 2020, we asked a question about free bus travel for young people Under 19, as a means to form a response to the Scottish Government consultation.  Results Do you think free bus travel for under 19s will help to increase opportunities and reduce inequalities for young people in Scotland?   YES – 97% (205 respondents) NO – 3% (6 respondents) Comments An overwhelming majority of respondents (97%) believed
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Weekly Poll – 20-minute Neighbourhoods (Week Beginning 9 November 2020)

Weekly Poll – 20-minute Neighbourhoods Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 9 November 2020, we asked a question about 20-minute neighbourhoods, a topic suggested by Transport Scotland. A 20-minute neighbourhood means having all your basic needs – shops, health centres, work opportunities, and recreation – within a mile of where you live and close enough to walk or wheel. Results Can you access key services in your local community within a 20-minute walk or wheel from where you live?  YES – 6% (25 respondents) NO
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Weekly Poll – Climate Change (Week Beginning 2 November 2020)

Weekly Poll – Climate Change (Week Beginning 2 November 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 2 November 2020, we asked a question about Climate Change. Results Do you have concerns about the impact of climate change on disabled people in Scotland?   YES – 88% (35 respondents) NO – 12% (5 respondents) Comments Respondents identified the following main themes and key concerns.  We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Air Pollution A variety of air pollutants have known
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Weekly Poll – Electric Vehicle Charge Points (Week Beginning 26 October 2020)

Weekly Poll – Electric Vehicle Charge Points (Week Beginning 26 October 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 26 October 2020, we asked a question about electric vehicle charge points. Results Question 1. Do you have any concerns about the accessibility of electric vehicle charge points?   YES – 89% (71 respondents) NO – 11% (9 respondents) Comments Respondents identified the following main themes and key concerns.  We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Accessibility Respondents reported that there
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Transport Affordability and Access to Services (Week Beginning 19 October 2020)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Transport Affordability and Access to Services (Week Beginning 19 October 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 19 October 2020, we asked a question about transport affordability and access to services, a topic suggested by the Community Transport Association (CTA). Results Question 1. Have changes to transport, such as altered timetables, reduced capacity and limiting car sharing, affected your ability to access key services?  YES – 95% (241 respondents) NO – 5% (12 respondents) Question 2. Has the impact of the
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Latest COVID-19 Restrictions (Week Beginning 12 October 2020)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Latest COVID-19 Restrictions (Week Beginning 12 October 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 12 October 2020, we asked a question about Latest COVID-19 Restrictions. Results Question Do you have any concerns about the latest COVID-19 restrictions?  YES – 57% (26 respondents) NO – 43% (20 respondents) Comments Respondents identified the following main themes and key concerns.  We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Compliance Concerns were raised about members of the public who
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Weekly Poll – 10 Years of the Equality Act (Week Beginning 5 October 2020)

Weekly Poll – 10 Years of the Equality Act Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 5 October 2020, we asked a question about 10 years of the equality act. Results Question 1: It’s been 10 years since the Equality Act became law. The Equality Act rolled several pieces of equalities legislation into one single act. Do you think the Equality Act has helped to improve the lives of disabled people?  YES – 26% (19 respondents) NO – 74% (55 respondents) Comments Respondents identified the following
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Cancer Treatments (Week Beginning 28 September 2020)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Cancer Treatments Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 28 September 2020, we asked a question about Cancer Treatments, a topic suggested by Macmillan Cancer Support. Results Question 1: Have you or someone you know been affected by changes to cancer services/support during the COVID-19 pandemic?  YES – 54% (14 respondents) NO – 46% (12 respondents) Question 2: Are you concerned by changes to cancer services/support during the COVID-19 pandemic?  YES – 85% (22 respondents) NO – 15% (4 respondents) Comments Respondents
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Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Return to Public Transport (Week Beginning 21 September 2020)

Weekly Poll Results – COVID-19: Return to Public Transport (Week Beginning 21 September 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 21 September 2020, we asked a question about disabled peoples’ experiences of using public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic. This poll was on behalf of Transport Scotland’s Accessibility Team who wanted to hear feedback from disabled people as lockdown restrictions ease and there is guidance in place to ensure commuters remain safe when using public transport. Transport Scotland were particularly keen to hear from those
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Spaces for People (Week Beginning 14 September 2020)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Spaces for People Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 14 September 2020, we asked a question about the Spaces for People programme, a topic suggested by the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS). Spaces for People is a new temporary infrastructure programme to provide additional space for physical distancing for people to walk, wheel or cycle while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. The Spaces for People programme is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland.  Results Question
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Returning to Live Events (Week Beginning 7 September 2020)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Returning to Live Events (Week Beginning 7 September 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 7 September 2020, we asked a question about returning to live events, a topic suggested by the Birds of Paradise Theatre Company. Results Question 1: Do you have any concerns about attending live events (theatre / comedy / music concerts) with the current measures that are in place?  YES – 61% (44 respondents) NO – 39% (28 respondents) Question 2: Do you feel confident that you
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Face Coverings in Schools (Week Beginning 31 August)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Face Coverings in Schools (Week Beginning 31 August) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 31 August 2020, we asked a question about Face Coverings in Schools. Results Do you have any concerns about the use of face coverings in schools and on school transport across Scotland?  YES – 13% (43 respondents) NO – 87% (291 respondents) Comments Respondents identified the following main themes and key concerns.  We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Supportive
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Test and Protect App (Week Beginning 24 August 2020)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Test and Protect App (Week Beginning 24 August 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 24 August 2020, we asked a question about the NHS Test and Protect App. Results Do you have any concerns about the usability and accessibility of the test and protect smartphone app? YES – 59% (51 respondents) NO – 41% (35 respondents) Comments Respondents identified the following main themes and key concerns.  We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience.
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Weekly Poll – Social Care (Week Beginning 17 August 2020)

Weekly Poll – Social Care (Week Beginning 17 August 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 17 August 2020, we asked a question about social care. Results Question 1. Do you receive social care support?  YES – 37% (114 respondents) NO – 63% (198 respondents) Question 2. If yes, did your social care support change during the COVID-19 pandemic?  YES – 93% (111 respondents) NO – 7% (8 respondents) Question 3. Is there enough support in place for carers and people receiving care during the COVID-19 pandemic? 
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Weekly Poll – Town Centre Accessibility (Week Beginning 10 August 2020)

Weekly Poll – Town Centre Accessibility Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 10 August 2020, we asked a question about Town Centre Accessibility. We received 26 responses. Question 1. Have you encountered any issues with the following when navigating your town centre?  Yes No Physical access to shops or premises 81% 19% Physical access to transport links, such as stations or terminals 77% 23% Pavements and crossings with dropped kerbs 80% 20% Accessible wayfinding and signage 58% 42% Street clutter such as A boards, café
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