How does the Council budget really affect people? Listen to Steve’s story

Steve is in his late sixties. He has a learning disability and suffers from mental health problems. He has spent most of his life in psychiatric institutions. During the decades he spent detained on locked wards he suffered both physical and sexual abuse.

In the last 15 years his life has improved dramatically. He now lives in his own flat but needs support workers to be with him at all times.

He is supported by a small voluntary sector organisation. The funding for this is provided by Edinburgh Council. In the last few years this funding has been cut by 25%. Budgets have been slashed, offices closed and his support workers’ wages have fallen by over £2000 in the last 8 years. The organisation now struggles to recruit new staff to provide the service on which he depends. Continue reading

Stop Social Care Cuts – Working Group Meeting Sat 7th

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

20,000 lose out because of tightening eligibility criteria

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

It’s time to care, says UNISON as survey reveals Scotland’s care crisis

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

Under threat Engine Shed raises money for Special Olympics

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.

Click here to read full article from the Edinburgh Evening News.

Engine Shed safe (for now)

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.

Save The Engine Shed

A renowned training scheme which has transformed the lives of young people with learning disabilities is being threatened with closure. The Engine Shed, a social enterprise business which has been running for nearly 25 years, is set to lose its vital £211,200 annual funding from Edinburgh City Council.                                 The move has sparked an outcry from parents who say that working for the charity – which runs a bakery and popular cafe in St Leonards – has been a life-changing experience for their children. The institution offers three years’ training to 30 vulnerable young adults at a time, equipping them with skills and confidence to find a mainstream job.                                                                                      But a shake-up of employment training for the disabled by the city council means it faces being stripped of its 
funding.

Click here to read the full article from the Edinburgh Evening News. Click here to sign the petition to save the Engine Shed.

Save Social Care! – Petition

George Osborne: Save social care! Let me and all disabled people live with freedom and dignity.            Petition by Angela Murray (Click here to sign)

I’m a 28 year old woman but if they take away my social care it’ll be the end of my life. I’m disabled but I want to enjoy life the way any other young woman can. Thanks to social care I have two volunteer jobs, I can go shopping, see my friends.

But because of the cuts they’re threatening to take this support away Continue reading

Save Disability Benefits And Services

Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.

Pat Onions has submitted an e-petition to the government website. Pat is blind and Pat is also a carer.

You can see the full petition on the Government website here , SIGN HERE

CarerWatch are supporting Pat’s petition.  If Pat gets 100,000 signatures it could generate a debate in Parliament. Continue reading

The case of Stuart Devlin: the real impact of social care cuts

Local Authorities across Scotland are seeking ‘personalisation’ of social care services. However in many cases this is being used as cover for the implementation of cuts. Learning Disability Alliance Scotland looks at one such case;

Stuart Devlin is a 30 year old man who was born with Cerebral Palsy and learning difficulties. Despite the disadvantages he faces every day of his life, he is determined to make the most of his life. Continue reading