Posts by James Davidson

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Transport Affordability and Access to Services

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Transport Affordability and Access to Services 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 COVID-19 pandemic made it more
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Latest COVID-19 Restrictions

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 – COVID-19: 10 Years of the Equality Act (week beginning 5 October 2020)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: 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
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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 (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 with sensory impairments, and so the following report will show both the total responses
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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)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Test and Protect App (Week beginning 24 August) 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. Accessibility
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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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Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Cashless Payments (Week Beginning 3 August)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19: Cashless Payments Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 3 August 2020, we asked a question about cashless payments. Results Question 1. Do you rely on cash to purchase essential items?  YES – 92% (393 respondents) NO – 8% (32 respondents) Question 2. Do you have concerns by the large number of retailers and service providers who no longer accept cash?  YES – 95% (403 respondents) NO – 5% (22 respondents) Comments The majority of respondents raised concerns by the decision of
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Weekly Poll Results –Equality Act 2010 (Week Beginning 20 July 2020)

Weekly Poll Results –Equality Act 2010 (Week Beginning 20 July 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 20 July 2020, we asked a question about the Equality Act and Reasonable Adjustments. Results Are retailers meeting their legal duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled people? YES – 1% (6 respondents) NO – 99% (505 respondents) Comments An overwhelming majority of respondents (99%) believed that retailers are not meeting their legal duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disabled people identified
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Weekly Poll Results –Phase Three of Scotland’s Lockdown (Week Beginning 13 July 2020)

Weekly Poll Results –Phase Three of Scotland’s Lockdown (Week Beginning 13 July 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 13 July 2020, we asked a question about phase three of Scotland’s lockdown Results Do you have any concerns about the measures that are being introduced as part of Phase 3 of the easing of lockdown?  YES –64% (52 respondents) NO –36% (29 respondents) Comments The following is a summary of the main themes and key concerns of our members regarding phase 3 of the easing
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Weekly Poll Results –Face Covering Exemptions (Week Beginning 6 July 2020)

Weekly Poll Results –Face Covering Exemptions (Week Beginning 6 July 2020) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 6 July 2020, we asked a question about face covering exemptions. Download the summary report and comments.  Results Question 1. Are you able to wear a face covering? YES – 62% (147 respondents) NO – 38% (92 respondents) Question 2. Are you concerned about being judged for not wearing a face covering? YES – 89% (178 respondents) NO – 11% (21 respondents) Question 3. Do you fear being
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Weekly Poll Results –Two-Metre Physical Distancing Rule (Week Beginning 29 June 2020)

Two-Metre Physical Distancing Rule Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 29 June 2020, we asked a question about the two-metre physical distancing rule. Results Should the two-metre rule remain in place in Scotland? YES – 98% (438 respondents) NO – 2% (11 respondents) Comments The following is a summary of the main themes and key concerns of our members regarding the two-metre physical distancing rule.  We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Please note that the survey was
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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. Physical Distancing Summary report (PDF) Physical Distancing Summary report (Easy Read) Please contact us if
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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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