23 councils in Scotland are asking disabled people with incomes below the poverty line to pay care charges. Scotland has a serious problem with poverty and people with learning disabilities are often worst hit. Yet councils penalise people with learning disabilities who are living below the poverty line by making them pay for their charges. Continue reading
Social care in any form is an equality and human rights issue. It is an essential part of the infrastructure of a fair and just society which respects, upholds and guarantees the equality and human rights of its citizens. A society which pursues a policy of charging those who are entitled to use non-residential care services does not do this. Instead care charging uncompromisingly demands that they pay more than any able bodied person to achieve the same basic human rights. In some instances it can lead to a disabled individual deciding to forego much needed care and support, a decision which will entail significant risk of harm or further deterioration of an illness or condition.
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The Edinburgh Anti Cuts Alliance and Edinburgh TUC are convening a meeting to plan a campaign to put pressure on the City Council to maintain and improve Social Care. The first working group meeting will take place on Saturday 7th June 2014 within the Augustine Church , George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. The group will meet on this occasion from 10 am to 12.30 pm. Refreshments (tea/coffee – biscuits) will be provided. Continue reading
In a new report, LDAS have uncovered the hidden effects of social care cuts in Scotland. Over 20,000 older people, people with learning disabilities and others are no longer getting vital social support since the start of the 2007 economic recession. By examining Government statistics and comparing them to the growth in the elderly population we have found that many people who might previously been eligible for social care services are no longer getting help. Continue reading
A survey of Scottish homecare workers has exposed the shocking reality of the country’s care services. The majority of workers polled in the UNISON survey believe the service is not sufficient to meet the needs of the elderly and vulnerable people they care for – both from the time they can spend and the quality of care they can provide. Almost half of carers (44%) said they were limited to specific times to spend with their clients. One in two workers are not reimbursed for travelling between client visits, while three in four said they expected the situation to get worse over the coming year. Continue reading
At 10:45 Jim will be evicted. The minute hand on the clock hanging in the Court ticks to 10:46.
Rumours are beginning to emerge from deep within Edinburgh Council that a change of approach to supported employment in Edinburgh will be announced in September. After much discussion and a lot of campaigning, councillors from Edinburgh seem to be proposing a Status Quo approach for the next year. During that time, careful thought will be given to how new developments can be married with the existing structure of services to ensure that people continue to get support. Serious attention is likely to be given to whether competitive tendering is an appropriate way to manage supported employment services and a more constructive approach will be looked at. Continue reading
SUPPORTERS of the under-threat Engine Shed have taken part in a sponsored walk to help raise awareness of their funding crisis. Around 50 walkers took part in the event, which saw participants of all ages walking from The Engine Shed on St Leonards Street, through Holyrood Park to St Margaret’s Loch. The walk raised more than £1000 for the Lothian Special Olympics, which provides sporting opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Organisers also hoped the event would raise further awareness of the funding crisis being faced by The Engine Shed, which provides training and support for young people with learning disabilities, some of whom will be taking part in the Lothian Special Olympics.
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Edinburgh Council tenant Margaret has been denied an exemption for bedroom tax by City of Edinburgh Council despite being clearly entitled – she has overnight carers stay every night. She wrote to the CEC as early as February applying for an exemption. Instead of granting the exemption the Council have been phoning her up threatening she could be evicted if she didn’t pay her rent. This is clearly against the Council policy of no evictions for bedroom tax arrears. The stress of this situation has now led to Margaret giving up her tenancy, as she was becoming very ill.
Muirhouse and Pilton anti bedroom tax groups called for people to attend Councillor Cammy Day’s surgery at Muirhouse Library on 17 June to support Margaret and other tenants with bedroom tax problems. Around 20 people turned up at short notice, an excellent show of solidarity. Continue reading
An under-threat charity which provides training opportunities for young people with learning difficulties has been granted a temporary stay of execution. The Engine Shed, which runs a cafe and bakery, is set to lose its vital £211,200 annual funding from the city council, in a move which has sparked outcry amongst parents and supporters. But a meeting later this month where its fate was to be rubber-stamped has now been postponed until September. Click here to read full article from the Edinburgh Evening News. Click here to sign the petition to save the Engine Shed.