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Weekly Poll – Accessible Information and Easy Read (Week Beginning 2 May 2022)

Weekly Poll – Accessible Information and Easy Read (Week Beginning 2 May 2022) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 2 May 2022, we asked a question about the availability of accessible information and Easy Read. Please note that this is a snapshot of the views of our membership and does not reflect a policy stance of Disability Equality Scotland. If you plan to reference the findings featured in this report, please contact us in advance so that we are aware of this. Results Question 1.
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Weekly Poll – Braille Labelling (Week Beginning 25 April 2022)

Weekly Poll – Braille Labelling (Week Beginning 25 April 2022) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 25 April 2022, we asked a question about braille labelling on retail products. Please note that this is a snapshot of the views of our membership and does not reflect a policy stance of Disability Equality Scotland. If you plan to reference the findings featured in this report, please contact us in advance so that we are aware of this. Results Question 1. Do you think food package labels are
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Weekly Poll – Cost of Living Crisis (Week Beginning 18 April 2022)

Weekly Poll – Cost of Living Crisis (Week Beginning 18 April 2022) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 18 April 2022, we asked a question about the cost of living crisis. Please note that this is a snapshot of the views of our membership and does not reflect a policy stance of Disability Equality Scotland. If you plan to reference the findings featured in this report, please contact us in advance so that we are aware of this. Results Question 1. How concerned are you about
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Weekly Poll – Covid Safety Signage Scheme (Week Beginning 11 April 2022)

Weekly Poll – Covid Safety Signage Scheme (Week Beginning 11 April 2022) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 11 April 2022, we asked a question about a Covid Safety Signage Scheme that is currently being developed by the Scottish Government. This will allow businesses, public and third sector organisations to download and display signage that indicates which protective measures they have in place in their particular building after these measures are no longer required by law. These may include: face coverings, regular opening of windows
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Weekly Poll – Driving Assessment Centres (Week Beginning 4 April 2022)

Weekly Poll – Driving Assessment Centres (Week Beginning 4 April 2022) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 4 April 2022, we asked a question about Driving Assessment Centres. Results Question 1. Have you used a driving assessment centre in Scotland? Yes – 23% (18 respondents) No – 77% (60 respondents) Question 2. Do you think that Scotland needs more driving assessment centres? Yes – 85% (62 respondents) No – 15% (11 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience.
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Weekly Poll – Public Sector Equality Duty: Assessing and Reviewing Policies and Practices (Week Beginning 28 March 2022)

Weekly Poll – Public Sector Equality Duty: Assessing and Reviewing Policies and Practices (Week Beginning 28 March 2022) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 28 March 2022, we asked a question about the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty in Scotland. Results Question.  Do you think the actions that are being proposed will help to improve the process for assessing and reviewing policies and practices? Yes – 75% (30 respondents) No – 25% (10 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate
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Weekly Poll – Accessible Rented Housing (Week Beginning 14 March 2022)

Weekly Poll – Accessible Rented Housing (Week Beginning 14 March 2022) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 14 March 2022, we asked a question about accessible rented housing. Results Question. Have you experienced difficulty finding accessible rented housing in the place you want to live? Yes – 91% (139 respondents) No – 9% (13 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Accessibility The Scottish Government is consulting on the draft rented sector strategy ‘A New Deal
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Weekly Poll – Public Sector Equality Duty: Inclusive Communication (Week Beginning 7 March 2022)

Weekly Poll – Public Sector Equality Duty: Inclusive Communication (Week Beginning 7 March 2022) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 7 March 2022, we asked a question about the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty in Scotland. Results Question. Do you support the actions that are being proposed to support public bodies with a new duty to embed inclusive communication across their work? Yes – 98% (206 respondents) No – 2% (4 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Legal Restrictions (Week Beginning 28 February 2022)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Legal Restrictions Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 28 February 2022, we asked a question about the decision to end COVID-19 legal restrictions. Results Question. Do you agree with the decision to remove all legal COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland? Yes – 33% (31 respondents) No – 66% (64 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Easing of Legal Restrictions A new staged approach to easing COVID-19 protective measures was announced by the
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Weekly Poll – Pavement Parking Exemptions (Week Beginning 21 February 2022)

Weekly Poll – Pavement Parking Exemptions Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 21 February 2022, we asked a question about pavement parking exemptions. Results Question. Do you agree with the conditions that would allow local authorities to consider making certain streets exempt from the pavement parking ban? Yes – 5% (49 respondents) No – 95% (964 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Pavement Parking Ban In 2019, the Scottish Parliament agreed to a ban on
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Weekly Poll – Reducing Car Travel (Week Beginning 14 February 2022)

Weekly Poll – Reducing Car Travel Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 14 February 2022, we asked a question about Reducing Car Travel. Results Question 1. Do you think the four key areas set out in the route map will help to achieve a 20% reduction in car kilometres by 2030? Yes – 8% (31 respondents) No – 92% (365 respondents) Question 2. What would make it possible for you to reduce car travel? More accessible public transport – 63% (252 respondents) More accessible environment
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Weekly Poll – New Fire Safety Rules (Week Beginning 7 February 2022)

Weekly Poll – New Fire Safety Rules Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 7 February 2022, we asked a question about New Fire Safety Rules. Results Question 1. Are you aware of the new fire safety regulations? YES – 99% (242 respondents) NO – 1% (2 respondents) Question 2. If yes, have you, or are you making arrangements for new interlinked alarms to be fitted to your home?   YES – 44% (106 respondents) NO – 56% (136 respondents) Question 3. Have you experienced any barriers
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Weekly Poll – NHS 24: 111 Service (Week Beginning 31 January 2022)

Weekly Poll – NHS 24: 111 Service Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 31 January 2022, we asked a question about the NHS 24 111 Service. Results Question 1. Are you aware of the 111 telephone service provided by NHS 24? YES – 93% (80 respondents) NO – 7% (6 respondents) Question 2. If yes to question 1, have you called NHS 24’s 111 service in the past two years?  YES – 67% (55 respondents) NO – 33% (27 respondents) Question 3. Have you experienced
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Weekly Poll – Postal Services (Week Beginning 24 January 2022)

Weekly Poll – Postal Services Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 24 January 2022, we asked a question about Postal Services. Results Question. Do you have access to an affordable, reliable and accessible postal service?  YES – 52% (31 respondents) NO – 48% (29 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Affordability of using the postal service Respondents to this week’s poll commented on the perceived increased cost of using the postal service.  For some respondents,
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Weekly Poll – ScotRail consultation: Changes to Ticket Office Opening Hours (Week Beginning 17 January 2022)

Weekly Poll – ScotRail consultation: Changes to Ticket Office Opening Hours Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 17 January 2022, we asked a question about the ScotRail consultation on changes to ticket office opening hours. Results Question. Do you agree with the proposals to change ticket office opening hours at stations across Scotland?  YES – 5% (13 respondents) NO – 95% (239 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Travel Information and Journey Planning On Wednesday
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Weekly Poll – Changes to COVID-19 Guidance (Week Beginning 10 January 2022)

Weekly Poll – Changes to COVID-19 Guidance Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 10 January 2022, we asked a question about changes to COVID-19 Guidance. Results Question. Do you agree with the updated guidance that was introduced in Scotland over the festive period in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19?  YES – 65% (54 respondents) NO – 35% (29 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Support Updated Guidance In December 2021, new guidance was
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Weekly Poll – Ending the Need for Food Banks (Week Beginning 13 December 2021)

Weekly Poll – Ending the Need for Food Banks Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 13 December 2021, we asked a question about the Scottish Government consultation ‘Ending the need for food banks: a draft national plan’. Results Question 1. Have you used a food bank?   YES – 22% (12 respondents) NO – 78% (42 respondents) Question 2. Do you think the actions featured in the draft national plan will help to end the need for food banks in Scotland? YES – 26% (13 respondents)
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Weekly Poll – Bus Station Passenger Assistance (Week Beginning 6 December 2021)

Weekly Poll – Bus Station Passenger Assistance (Week Beginning 6 December 2021) Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 6 December 2021, we asked a question about Bus Station Passenger Assistance, a topic suggested by Transport Scotland. Results Question 1. Do you require passenger assistance when travelling to and from bus stations in Scotland?  YES – 89% (139 respondents) NO – 11% (18 respondents) Question 2. If you have received passenger assistance at bus stations, was your request met? YES – 4% (6 respondents) NO –
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Weekly Poll – Face Coverings (Week Beginning 29 November 2021)

Weekly Poll – Face Coverings Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 29 November 2021, we asked a question about face coverings. Results Question 1a. Do you currently wear a face covering in public spaces in Scotland? YES – 70% (108 respondents) NO – 30% (46 respondents) Question 1b. If you answered no, are you exempt for one of the reasons outlined in the exemption criteria? YES – 100% (46 respondents) Question 2. Would you wear a face covering if it was not mandated by the
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Weekly Poll – Accessible Toilets (Week Beginning 22 November 2021)

Weekly Poll – Accessible Toilets Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 22 November 2021, we asked a question about accessible toilets. Results Question. Have you ever left somewhere or changed your plans because there were no suitable toilet facilities?  YES – 95% (224 respondents) NO – 5% (12 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Lack of Suitable Toilet Facilities Access to suitable toilet facilities is a basic human right. The overwhelming majority of respondents (95%)
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Weekly Poll – Response to COVID-19: Accessible Information (Week Beginning 15 November 2021)

Weekly Poll – Response to COVID-19: Accessible Information Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 15 November 2021, we asked a question about the response to COVID-19: Accessible Information. Results Question. Have you received information about the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a format that is accessible for you?  YES – 52% (27 respondents) NO – 48% (25 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Accessible Information Most people communicate in a range of ways and
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Weekly Poll – Vaccine Certification Scheme (Week Beginning 8 November 2021)

Weekly Poll – Vaccine Certification Scheme Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 8 November 2021, we asked a question about the Vaccine Certification Scheme. Results Question 1. Have you used the vaccine certification or exemption letter to enter events and higher risk venues in Scotland?  YES – 72% (154 respondents) NO – 28% (61 respondents) Question 2. Do you have any concerns about the Vaccine Certification Scheme?   YES – 18% (39 respondents) NO – 82% (178 respondents) Comments On 1 October 2021, COVID vaccine certificates
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Weekly Poll – COP26 (Week Beginning 1 November 2021)

Weekly Poll – COP26 Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 1 November 2021, we asked a question about the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Results Question. Do you think COP26 will make progress in tackling the impact of climate change on disabled people?   YES – 13% (7 respondents) NO – 87% (46 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Tackling Climate Change COP26 is the United Nations climate change conference which brings together representatives from
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Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Booster Vaccination (Week Beginning 25 October 2021)

Weekly Poll – COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 25 October 2021, we asked a question about the COVID-19 Booster Vaccination. Results Question. Are you satisfied with the rollout of the COVID-19 booster vaccine in Scotland so far?  YES – 53% (38 respondents) NO – 47% (34 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. Priority Groups Scotland’s coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccination programme began on 21 September 2021. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation
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Weekly Poll – Travel Assistance Cards and Apps (Week beginning 18 October 2021)

Weekly Poll – Travel Assistance Cards and Apps Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to our members on a topical issue.  For the week beginning 18 October 2021, we asked a question about Travel Assistance Cards and Apps. Results Question. Do assistance cards improve your ability to travel independently? YES – 18% (34 respondents) NO – 82% (154 respondents) Comments We provide verbatim comments where appropriate to illustrate strength of feeling or personal experience. National Entitlement Card The National Entitlement Card (NEC) is a smartcard scheme for travel concessions. The card gives elderly and disabled people
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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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