Posts by James Davidson

Weekly Poll – National Care Service: Range of Care Services (Week Beginning 11 October 2021)

Weekly Poll – National Care Service: Range of Care Services Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 11 October 2021, we asked a question about the National Care Service consultation, relating to the range of care services. Results Question 1. Do you think the National Care Service should be extended beyond Adult Social Care to include provision for Children Services, Community Justice, alcohol and drug services, social work and elements of mental health services?  YES – 59% (33 respondents) NO – 41% (23 respondents) Comments We
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Weekly Poll – National Care Service: Access to Care and Support (Week Beginning 4 October 2021)

Weekly Poll – National Care Service: Access to Care and Support Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 4 October 2021, we asked a question about the National Care Service consultation. Results Question 1. Do you think the proposed changes to care services and support will allow more people to access the care they need?  YES – 55% (33 respondents) NO – 45% (27 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Joining Up Services A narrow majority
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Weekly Poll – Easy Read (Week Beginning 27 September 2021)

Weekly Poll – Easy Read Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 27 September 2021, we asked a question about the Easy Read accessible format. Results Question 1. Do you or someone you know use Easy Read documents?  YES – 43% (23 respondents) NO – 57% (31 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Accessible Information Respondents reflected on the benefits of producing information in Easy Read, an accessible format that makes written information easier to understand
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Public Inquiry (Week Beginning 20 September 2021)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Public Inquiry Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 20 September 2021, we asked a question about the COVID-19 Public Inquiry Results Question 1. Do you agree with the aims and principles that have been drafted for the COVID-19 Inquiry?  YES – 82% (42 respondents) NO – 18% (9 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Impact on Disabled People The COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on disabled people, which has
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Weekly Poll – National Disability Strategy (Week Beginning 13 September 2021)

Weekly Poll – National Disability Strategy Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 13 September 2021, we asked a question about the UK Government National Disability Strategy. Results Question 1. Do you think the actions that are featured in the National Disability Strategy will help to improve the lives of disabled people across the United Kingdom?  YES – 49% (30 respondents) NO – 51% (31 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Legislation There was a mixed
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Weekly Poll – Four-day Working Week (Week Beginning 6 September 2021)

Weekly Poll – Four-day Working Week Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 6 September 2021, we asked a question about the prospect of a four-day working week. Results Question 1. Do you think a four-day working week can help to improve workplace wellbeing and productivity? YES – 78% (84 respondents) NO – 22% (24 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Work-life Balance Some respondents believed a four-day working week would result in a greater work-life
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Weekly Poll – Low Emission Zones Exemptions (Week Beginning 30 August 2021)

Weekly Poll – Low Emission Zones Exemptions Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 30 August 2021, we asked a question about Low Emission Zone exemptions for Blue Badge holders. A Low Emission Zone is an area where only certain vehicles are allowed to enter, based on their emissions standards. Low Emission Zones are being introduced in Scotland’s four largest cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, to help improve air quality and people’s health. As part of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 a number of national
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Weekly Poll – Tokyo 2020 Paralympics (Week Beginning 23 August 2021)

Weekly Poll – Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 23 August 2021, we asked a question about the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Results Question 1. Do you think the Paralympics and the ‘WeThe15’ campaign can help to change perceptions and attitudes towards disabled people?   YES – 78% (52 respondents) NO – 22% (15 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Perceptions and Attitudes The Paralympics is an international multi-sport event for athletes with a
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Weekly Poll – Junk Food Promotions (Week Beginning 16 August 2021)

Weekly Poll – Junk Food Promotions Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 16 August 2021, we asked a question about junk food promotions. Results Question 1. Do you think a Bill to ban multi-buy offers on junk food will help tackle obesity in Scotland?  YES – 36% (37 respondents) NO – 64% (65 respondents) Comments There was a mixed response from disabled people regarding the Food Promotions Bill, which had proposed to ban cut-price offers on high-sugar, high-fat food with little nutritional value. The Bill
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (Week Beginning 9 August 2021)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (Week Beginning 9 August 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 9 August 2021, we asked a question about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. Results Question 1. Are you satisfied with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Scotland?  YES – 73% (68 respondents) NO – 27% (25 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Priority Groups Respondents reflected on the priority groups that were first offered the COVID-19 vaccine, as set out
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Weekly Poll – Vaccine Passports (Week Beginning 2 August 2021)

Weekly Poll – Vaccine Passports (Week Beginning 2 August 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 2 August 2021, we asked a question about vaccine passports. A vaccine passport, also known as a COVID-19 Status Certificate, is a mobile app or similar system that can prove the holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19 when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues. Results Question 1. Do you think vaccine passports should be introduced in domestic settings, such as nightclubs, sporting and business events, music venues
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Weekly Poll – Return to Public Transport (Week Beginning 26 July 2021)

Weekly Poll – Return to Public Transport (Week Beginning 26 July 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 26 July 2021, we asked a question about confidence in returning to using public transport. Results Question 1. Do you feel confident to use public transport as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease? YES – 28% (41respondents) NO – 72% (104 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Overall, disabled people had reservations about returning to using public transport.
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Weekly Poll – Universal Credit (Week Beginning 19 July 2021)

Weekly Poll – Universal Credit Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 19 July 2021, we asked a question about Universal Credit. Results Question 1. Do you think the £20 Universal Credit uplift should remain in place?  YES – 92% (126 respondents) NO – 8% (11 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Universal Credit Uplift The UK government recently confirmed that the £20 Universal Credit uplift that was introduced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic
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Weekly Poll – Easing of COVID restrictions (Week Beginning 12 July 2021)

Weekly Poll – Easing of COVID restrictions Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 12 July 2021, we asked a question about easing of COVID restrictions. Results Question 1. Do you agree with the time frame for easing lockdown restrictions in Scotland?  YES – 27% (42 respondents) NO – 73% (112 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. COVID-19 Cases and Variants On 19 July, Scotland moved to Level 0 restrictions, the closest to ‘normal’ of all
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Weekly Poll – Face Coverings Legal Requirement (Week Beginning 5 July)

Weekly Poll – Face Coverings Legal Requirement Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 5 July 2021, we asked a question about the continued use of face coverings. Download the summary report (PDF) Results Question 1. Do you think face coverings should remain a legal requirement in certain settings, such as shops and public transport?  YES – 80% (373 respondents) NO – 20% (94 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Legal Requirement In Scotland, face coverings
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Weekly Poll – Long Covid (Week Beginning 28 June 2021)

Weekly Poll – Long Covid (Week Beginning 28 June 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 28 June 2021, we asked a question about long COVID. Download the summary report (PDF) Results Question 1. Do you think long COVID should be considered a disability as defined under the Equality Act 2010?  YES – 89% (143 respondents) NO – 11% (18 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Symptoms of Long COVID Long COVID is a term
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Weekly Poll – Street Clutter (Week Beginning 21 June 2021)

Weekly Poll – Street Clutter (Week Beginning 21 June 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 21 June 2021, we asked a question about Street Clutter. Download the report (PDF) Results Question 1. Have you found it more difficult to navigate town and city centres due to an increase in street clutter?  YES – 96% (306 respondents) NO – 4% (13 respondents) Comments The overwhelming majority of respondents (96%) have found it more difficult to navigate town and city centres due to an increase in
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Weekly Poll – Hate Crime Stats (Week Beginning 14 June 2021)

Weekly Poll – Hate Crime Stats Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 14 June 2021, we asked a question about members’ confidence to report a disability hate crime incident. Results Question 1. Would you feel confident to report an incident of disability hate crime?  YES – 48% (44 respondent) NO – 52% (48 respondents) Comments Results of this week’s poll show that there is almost an even split between those who would feel confident reporting hate crime, and those who would not.  We provide verbatim
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Weekly Poll – Carers Week (Week Beginning 7 June 2021)

Weekly Poll – Carers Week Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 7 June 2021, we asked a question about taking on extra caring responsibilities to coincide with National Carer’s Week (7 – 13 June 2021). Results Question 1. Have you or someone you know taken on extra caring responsibilities over the past year? YES – 95% (251 respondent) NO – 5% (13 respondents) Comments The overwhelming majority of respondents (95%) indicated that they, or someone they know, had taken on increased caring responsibilities during the
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Weekly Poll – Online Meetings and Events (Week Beginning 31 May 2021)

Weekly Poll – Online Meetings and Events Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 31 May 2021, we asked a question about Online Meetings and Events. Results Question 1. Have you found online events easier to join compared to face-to-face events? YES – 93% (345 respondents) NO – 7% (27 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Engagement The vast majority of respondents (93%) have found online events easier to join compared to face-to-face events. Respondents reflected
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Weekly Poll – Support for Young People (Week Beginning 24 May 2021)

Weekly Poll – Support for Young People Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 24 May 2021, we asked a question about Support for Young People. Results Question 1. Is there enough support in place to make independent living a reality for young disabled people in Scotland?  YES – 2% (1 respondent) NO – 98% (57 respondents) Comments The overwhelming majority of respondents (98%) believed that there is currently not enough support in place to make independent living a reality for young disabled people in Scotland.
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Weekly Poll – Care Services Definitions (Week Beginning 17 May 2021)

Weekly Poll – Care Services Definitions (Week Beginning 17 May 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 17 May 2021, we asked a question about Care Services Definitions. Results Question 1. Do you think the care definitions featured in the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 are fit for purpose?  YES – 39% (18 respondents) NO – 61% (28 respondents) Question 2. Do you think the definitions need to change to meet future needs?  YES – 70% (33 respondents) NO – 30% (14 respondents) Comments
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Weekly Poll – Commissioner for Autism and Learning Disability (Week Beginning 10 May 2021)

Weekly Poll – Commissioner for Autism and Learning Disability (week beginning 10 May 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 10 May 2021, we asked a question about a Commissioner for Autism and Learning Disability. Results Question 1. Do you support creating a Commissioner for autistic people and people with a learning disability?  YES – 79% (44 respondents) NO – 21% (12 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Support Creating a Commissioner The majority of
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Weekly Poll – Scottish Parliament Election 2021 (Week Beginning 3 May 2021)

Weekly Poll – Scottish Parliament Election 2021 (Week Beginning 3 May 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 3 May 2021, we asked two questions about the Scottish Parliament Election. Results Question 1. Ahead of the Scottish Parliament election, have you received information from political parties in a format that is accessible for you?  YES – 73% (57 respondents) NO – 27% (20 respondents) Question 2. Are you satisfied by the pledges that political parties have made for disabled people in their manifestos?   YES –
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Weekly Poll – Improving Traveline Services (Week Beginning 26 April 2021)

Weekly Poll – Improving Traveline Services Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the Week Beginning 26 April 2021, we asked a question about journey planning and improving Traveline services. Results Question 1. Do you think there is enough information and resources available to assist with planning an accessible journey?   YES – 12% (10 respondents) NO – 88% (71 respondents) Question 2. Can Traveline Scotland improve the quality of travel planning information to meet your accessibility requirements? YES – 96% (78 respondents) NO – 4% (3 respondents) Comments We
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Weekly Poll – Basic Income (Week Beginning 19 April 2021)

Weekly Poll – Basic Income (Week Beginning 19 April 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 19 April 2021, we asked a question about Basic Income. Results Do you think disabled people in Scotland would benefit from the introduction of a Basic Income? YES – 92% (377 respondents) NO – 8% (31 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Reducing Poverty A significant majority of respondents (92%) believed disabled people in Scotland will benefit from the
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Weekly Poll – Public Appointments (Week Beginning 12 April 2021)

Weekly Poll – Public Appointments Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the Week Beginning 12 April 2021, we asked a question about Scottish Government Public Appointments. Results Would you consider applying for a public appointment? YES – 92% (276 respondents) NO – 8% (25 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Disabled Representation The vast majority of respondents (92%) stated that they would consider applying for a public appointment.  There was overwhelming consensus amongst respondents on the need for
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Weekly Poll – National Care Service (Week Beginning 5 April 2021)

Weekly Poll – National Care Service Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 5 April 2021, we asked a question about a National Care Service for Scotland. Results Do you think a National Care Service (NCS) will help to improve social care in Scotland? YES – 79% (72 respondents) NO – 21% (19 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. National Standards The vast majority of respondents (79%) believed a National Care Service (NCS) will help to
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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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