Posts by James Davidson

Consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council: Strengthening people’s voices in health and social care

Closing Date: Friday 6 October 2017 About this Consultation The Scottish Health Council is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. It was set up in 2005. The Scottish Health Council works to: Make sure the NHS in Scotland listens to the public and takes account of your views. Involves people and communities in planning health services Helps the NHS in Scotland to improve how it involves the public The Scottish Government and other organisations have worked with the Scottish Health Council to set up Our Voice. Our Voice is about involving lots of different people and communities in Scotland in helping
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Postal Services

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about accessible postal services. Question: Have you experienced any difficulties accessing postal services, for example travelling to depots to collect mail delivered when you were out, or arranging redelivery of items? Yes/No Your Feedback: 59% (23 respondents) answered yes as they had  experienced difficulties accessing postal services. 41% (16 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “Four Post Offices nearest to where I live are all inaccessible to me – this means travelling great distances or having to pay a carer to go to my local Post Office to complete my transactions there.
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Weekly Poll Results – Clinical Governance

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Clinical Governance Question: Are patient and service user views taken into account in the planning and delivery of services? YES/NO Your Feedback: 75% (21 respondents) answered no as they felt patient and service user views are not taken into account in the planning and delivery of services. 25% (7 respondents) answered yes. Your Comments: “Having been a senior clinician and manager in the NHS for many years I can safely say NO! A manager is a manager, a clinician is a clinician – the two are in direct conflict.” “I think
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Buildings

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Accessible Buildings. Question: Do you think more should be done to improve the accessibility of public buildings in Scotland? YES/NO Your Feedback: 98% (59 respondents) answered YES that more should be done to improve the accessibility of public buildings in Scotland?. 2% (1 respondent) answered No. Your Comments: “It’s about time the government brought in new legislation for access to many buildings that restricts people in wheelchairs enjoying the same services as the able bodied.” “More consideration of those with physical disabilities that can walk but who struggle to do
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Weekly Poll Results – Personal Care

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Personal Care . Question: Do you think personal and nursing care should be free for disabled people under the age of 65? YES/NO Your Feedback: 95% (36 respondents) answered YES that personal care should be free. 5% (2 respondents) answered No. Your Comments: “It is everyones right to live a life with dignity, respect with choice and independence (Equality Act 2010) therefore it is only right and proper that all disabled people receive free personal and nursing care free at the point of delivery and that the care given meets
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Parking

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Accessible Parking. Question: Do you think parking, including parking on pavements, at dropped kerbs and double parking is a problem in your area? YES/NO Your Feedback: 93% (28 respondents) answered YES as parking, including parking on pavements, at dropped kerbs and double parking is a problem in their area. 7% (2 respondents) answered No. Your Comments: “Aberdeenshire no longer has traffic wardens and the police do not have the time to ticket every parking transgression. Therefore it is now a “free for all” with people parking wherever they want with no fear
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Transport Scotland – Improving Parking In Scotland

About This Consultation Transport Scotland wanted your views on improving the management of parking across Scotland and making regulation more consistent. The consultation asked how Transport Scotland can improve the clarity of the laws of parking, what restrictions should be applied and the exceptions that should be granted. Transport Scotland also aimed this consultation to local authorities to ask them how they can deliver an integrated approach to managing parking, how we should tackle displacement of vehicles and support the town centre regeneration, as well as improving accessibility to all.    Your Responses We reported our members feedback to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government
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Weekly Poll Results – Carer’s Allowance

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Carer’s Allowance. Question: Have You Applied for Carer’s Allowance YES/NO Your Feedback: 73% (16 respondents) answered No as they had not applied for Carer’s Allowance. 27% (6 respondents) answered Yes as they had applied for Carer’s Allowance. Your Comments: “Been in receipt of CA for several years now and being in receipt of qualifying benefits then and now found it a very straight forward process” “My main carer also works and because of their earning they are not eligible for any payment even though the provide care in the evening and
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Weekly Poll results – Accessible Voting

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Accessible Voting. Question: Do you think voting is accessible in Scotland? YES/NO Your Feedback: 67% (18 respondents) answered NO as they considered access to the polling station, travel to the polling station and also the accessibility of the ballot paper. 33% (9 respondents) answered YES that voting was accessible. Your Comments: “The “accessible” voting booths are not fit for purpose. The Shelf is too high, does not project far enough and the booth is not deep enough for most wheelchair users.” “Fairly good accessibility, but some venues not on bus routes.
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Taxis

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Accessible Taxis. Question: Since April 6 2017 have you, or someone you know, been charged extra when using an accessible taxi in Scotland? YES/NO Your Feedback: 81% (21 respondents) answered NO as they or someone they knew had not been charged extra for using an accessible taxi in Scotland since April 6 2017. 19% (5 respondents) answered YES and had been charged extra. Your Comments: “Cost is really not the issue here. Availability outside big towns and cities is the hurdle that wheelchair users must face on a daily basis.” “On
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Weekly Poll Results – British Sign Language (BSL)

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about British Sign Language (BSL). Question: Do you think British Sign Language (BSL) should be taught in schools as a second language? YES/NO Your Feedback: 88% (38 respondents) answered YES and thought British Sign Language (BSL) should be taught in schools as a second language. 12% (5 respondents) answered NO. Your Comments: “Children should learn sign language from a very early age as it would help them to learn that all children are not the same.” “I feel the option should be there, partly to improve the ‘inclusion’ of the Deaf
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Weekly Poll Results – Brexit

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Brexit. Question: Do you think disabled people in Scotland will be better or worse off as a result of Brexit? BETTER/WORSE/STAY THE SAME Your Feedback: 66% (25 respondents) said that disabled people in Scotland would be worse off because of Brexit. This compared with 5% (2 respondents) who said disabled people in Scotland would be better off because of Brexit. The remaining 11 respondents (29%) stated that things would stay the same. Your Comments: “The economy is likely to shrink resulting in even less money for public services and thus less
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Weekly Poll Results – Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Question: Have you, or someone you know, lost a motability vehicle as a result of transferring from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) YES/NO Your Feedback: 38% (14 respondents) said YES, that they or someone they knew had lost a mobility vehicle as a result of transferring from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). 62% (23 respondents) said NO, that they or someone they knew had not lost a mobility vehicle. Your Comments: “By transferring to PIP from low DLA
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Accessible Travel Framework Surveys

  Scottish Disability Equality Forum is working with Transport Scotland to undertake research into Accessible Travel.  In September 2016, Transport Scotland published Scotland’s first Accessible Travel Framework.  This is a new plan, co-produced with disabled people to help improve their access to travel. Transport Scotland has a vision that all disabled people can travel with the same freedom, choice, dignity and opportunity as others. Our research involves gathering the views of disabled people on how you find travelling on public transport just now, and how Transport Scotland’s work to apply the framework can best help improve accessibility for disabled people.
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Weekly Poll Results – Mental Health

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about mental health. Question: Do you think the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy will improve mental health services in Scotland over the next ten years? YES/NO Your Feedback: 57% (20 respondents) said YES they do think the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy will improve mental health services in Scotland over the next ten years. 43% (15 respondents) said NO, they do not think mental health services will improve. Your Comments: “I hope that the money is spent on ensuring that services are accessibly locally rather than people having to travel a
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Weekly Poll – Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and The Motability Scheme

This week’s poll centres on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and The Motability Scheme.   The Motability Scheme provides an affordable way for disabled people to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance. Motability, the charity which runs the support scheme for vehicles, recently revealed more than 50,000 people have had their cars reclaimed since Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was launched in 2013, replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA).   For more information about The Motability Scheme and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), please visit the following links:   http://www.motability.co.uk/   https://www.gov.uk/pip/overview   Our question this week
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Tourism

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about accessible tourism. Question: Do you find it easy to find accessible holiday accommodation? YES/NO Your Feedback: 27% (11 respondents) said YES, that they do find it easy to find accessible holiday accommodation.  73% (30 respondents) said NO, they do not find it easy. Your Comments: “It is easy to find accommodation and over many years we have booked B&B, rented accommodation and hotels and only twice had refusals because of a guide dog” “I have only found 2 places in Scotland with any type of standing aid (which I need to
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Weekly Poll Results – Housing Adaptations

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about planning applications. We had a tremendous response and received lots of interesting comments. Question: Since 2014, have you needed to make any changes to your home because of your disability? YES/NO Your Feedback: 65% (17 respondents) said YES, that changes had been made to their homes since 2014 because of their disability. 35% said NO, changes had not been made to their homes. Your Comments: ”Plan and then try and have it done under your own steam as it may be cheaper and you’ll get what you want rather than
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Transport Scotland – Improving Parking in Scotland

Closing Date: Friday 30 June 2017 About this consultation Transport Scotland want your views on improving the management of parking across Scotland and making regulation more consistent. The consultation asks how Transport Scotland can improve the clarity of the laws of parking, what restrictions should be applied and the exceptions that should be granted. Transport Scotland also aimed this consultation to local authorities to ask them how they can deliver an integrated approach to managing parking, how we should tackle displacement of vehicles and support the town centre regeneration, as well as improving accessibility to all.     How to tell us what you think To
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