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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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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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