Brexit and its Impact on Disabled People

Brexit is an abbreviation for “British exit,” referring to the UK’s decision in a June 23, 2016 referendum to leave the European Union (EU). “Leave” won the referendum with 51.9% of the ballot, or 17.4 million votes; “Remain” received 48.1%, or 16.1 million. Disabled people make up 1 in 5 of the population.  Despite the likelihood of significant impact on disabled people, there has been very little information about the potential implications.  This was true at the time of the referendum, and since. Disability Equality Scotland is a member-led organisation.  We have consulted with our 600 members on issues around
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Weekly Poll Results – Learning Disability and Autism Review

Question: Do you think psychologists working in learning disability and autism should have extra powers to decide if someone needs to be kept in hospital for mental health treatment? Yes/No Your Feedback: 63% (22 respondents) felt that psychologists working in learning disability and autism should have extra powers to decide if someone needs to be kept in hospital for mental health treatment. The remaining 37% (13 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “Psychologists are notAMP’s for the simple reason, they do not have sufficient medical and pharmacological training to make such judgements and should continue to work in collaboration with AMP’s!”
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Weekly Poll Results – Disability in Sport

Question: Are there barriers to accessing sport in Scotland? Yes/No Your Feedback: 96% (25 respondents) answered yes, as they think there are barriers accessing sport in Scotland.  4% (1 respondent) answered no. Your Comments: “Access is often difficult either because of the situation of facilities where you need a car to get to venue or at the venue itself which is often difficult for wheelchair users” “Too many clubs have little understanding of disability or the needs of disabled people.” “Sports venues especially football stadiums do very little to make themselves accessible beyond the bare minimum.” “one of the main barriers
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Weekly Poll Results – Free Bus Travel for Older and Disabled People

Question: Do you think the age that you qualify for a free bus pass should rise? Yes/No Your Feedback: 39% (21 respondents) answered yes, as they think the age that you qualify for a free bus pass should rise.  61% (33 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: The majority of comments from respondents agree that a rise in the age of free bus travel should be in line with the current age of retirement. “Yes, up to sixty-five because that is now the age set for retirement for both women and men.” “Since the country is so hard up I do feel
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Your Feedback – Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Question: Do you think the assessment process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) needs to change? Yes/No Your Feedback: 96% (49 respondents) answered yes, as they think the assessment process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) needs to change. 4% (2 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “The assessment process was horrendous. I was worried and anxious before the assessment took place because of my mental health and I even broke down in tears throughout the interview.” “The PIP application form is long and I worked with my key worker to fill it
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Housing

Question: Is there enough accessible housing in Scotland? Yes/No Your Feedback: 100% (40 respondents) agreed that there is not enough accessible housing in Scotland. Your Comments: “Housing associations need to commit at least 20% of their budgets to accessible new builds – that reflects the amount of disabled people currently in the population.” “I am fortunate enough to live in one of Blackwood’s accessible homes but I am well aware that I am one of the lucky ones, most of my friends who live with the same disability as me struggle in unsuitable housing because there is not enough to
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Weekly Poll Results – Hate Crime

Question: Have you or anyone you know ever experienced a disability hate crime? Yes/No Your Feedback: 74% (31 respondents) answered yes, as they or someone they knew had experienced a disability hate crime. 26% (11 respondents) had not. Your Comments: “I’ve never experienced this but if so I would report it and expect it to be followed up. Younger kids need to learn from an early age what is and isn’t acceptable I terms of language used as well as behaviour.” “I did not report it because at the time their was very little knowledge of third party reporting it
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Weekly Poll Results – Mental Health in the Workplace

Question: Do you think employers have a role supporting staff with their mental health? Yes/No Your Feedback: 100% of respondents answered yes and agreed that employers must support staff with their mental health. Your Comments: “Employers, particularly those running small businesses, need access to advice and guidance on mental health issues – on how to promote good mental health in the workplace….and how to respond to and support staff.” “Of course, although the stigma surrounding mental health sometimes makes it difficult for staff and management to discuss these sort of issues.” “Yes. Although it can only be in relation to
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Weekly Poll Results – Universal Credit

Question: Do you think Universal Credit should be stopped in Scotland? Yes/No Yes/No Your Feedback: 90% (37 respondents) answered yes, as they thought Universal Credit should be stopped in Scotland. 10% (4 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “Yes, stop Universal Credit, this has caused and is causing sheer misery for a lot of families” “Not only is unwanted it will have serious effects on councils incomes putting other services at risk.” “It is not fit for purpose. Delays in processing claims are contributing to rent arrears, evictions and the need for a rise in foodbanks. It’s a disaster” “The changeover
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Weekly Poll Results – Social Security Benefits

Question: Do you think the Scottish Government will deliver an improved social security benefits system? Yes/No Your Feedback: 62% (31 respondents) answered yes, as they thought the Scottish Government could deliver an improved social security system. 38% (19 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “We should have full control and rules would never be set by Westminster. I have huge respect for Jean Freeman, she is leading a real change vs business as usual and I wish her well.” “One of the problems at the moment with the benefit system is method of contact. Usually telephone, if a person has difficulty
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Weekly Poll Results – Access to Court Services

Question: Have you or someone you know encountered any problems accessing court services? Yes/No Your Feedback: 55% of respondents answered yes, as they or someone they knew had encountered problems accessing court services. 45% of respondents answered no. Your Comments: “Civil/Criminal Court Deaf people with communication support needs find it difficult to get an initial appointment for legal advice as it is unclear who pays for the communication support and it may even require communication support to organise an appointment.” “Physical barriers, at counters and in courts themselves e.g. sheriff court” “I am in a wheelchair on the first day
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Weekly Poll Results – Organ Donation

Question: Do you think the organ donation system should be opt-out? Yes/No Your Feedback: 91% (50 respondents) answered yes, as they thought the organ donation system should be opt-out. 9% (5 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “There is a shortage of organs for donation. Many will die before they are offered one. We must change the law.” “Doesn’t take into account people like Jehovahs Witnesses who wouldn’t want their organs donated or it may be that people simply lack capacity to be able to opt out and wouldn’t want their organs donated” “Consideration must be given to people who do
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Weekly Poll Results – Rail Ticket Accessibility

Question: Have you encountered any problems when purchasing rail tickets and or using concession/companion cards when travelling? Yes/No Your Feedback: 46% (19 respondents) answered yes, as they had experienced problems when purchasing rail tickets. 54% (22 respondents) had encountered no problems. Your Comments: “I have problems with ticket machines so prefer to buy tickets in advance and have them delivered by post.” “1. Deaf people find it hard if they are buying tickets in unmanned stations and there are problems because they cannot phone the helpline service. 2. Deafblind people often have trouble reading the small print. Sometimes the print
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Weekly Poll Results – Road Works

Question: Have road works ever affected your ability to get around? Yes/No Your Feedback: 96% of respondents answered yes as road works had affected their ability to get around, 4% of respondents answered no. Your Comments: “Roadworks have frequently caused me problems – especially in towns and cities. I find that it is becoming increasingly difficult to manoeuvre a wheelchair or power chair around roadworks. The main problem is that although they tend to provide a “walkway” around the work being done, the quality of the substitute route is poor with obstacles and rough surfaces.” “Speed bumps or humps cause
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Weekly Poll Results – Passenger Assistance at airports

Question: Have you encountered any problems with passenger assistance at airports in Scotland? Yes/No Your Feedback: 81% (42 respondents) answered yes as they had experienced difficulties purchasing accessible tickets. 19% (10 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “At Prestwick a mobile lift delay caused the plane to be delayed significantly and for me to be lifted into planes seat (I am tetraplegic) while an entire plane watched. I felt humiliated and was held entirely to blame for their delay.” “While travelling to Spain on my own as a registered blind person the airport staff at Prestwick were excellent and couldn’t do
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Weekly Poll Results – Blue Badge

Question: Do you think ScotRail provide enough Blue Badge parking spaces? Yes/No Your Feedback: 44 respondents answered no as they thought ScotRail do not provide enough blue badge parking spaces. 9 respondents answered yes. Your Comments: “There could be enough if they were policed properly to stop non badge holders parking” “Some stations have adequate accessible parking but not all. Scot rail also need to ensure a consistent approach to enforcing accessible parking and ensuring these faces are not abused. They should also have plans to ensure that where needed accessible parking links to passenger assist services.” “I am near
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Weekly Poll Results – Impact of Brexit on the Scottish Budget

Question: Do you think the Scottish Budget will be worse off as a result of Brexit? Yes/No Your Feedback: 88% (28 respondents) answered yes as they think the Scottish Budget will be worse off as a result of Brexit. 12% (4 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “As there does not seem to be any plan for exit and disability still low on government priority I think things will be worse off” “It may be something of a cynical view but I feel that the degree of speculative uncertainty that already prevails will only lead to opportunists both in the commercial
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Tickets

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about accessible tickets. Question: Have you or someone you know found it difficult to buy accessible tickets for an event? (live music, theatre, comedy, sport and conferences etc.) Yes/No Your Feedback: 81% (42 respondents) answered yes as they had  experienced difficulties purchasing accessible tickets. 19% (10 respondents) answered no. Your Comments: “In Glasgow at the main large venues (Hydro etc) it is virtually impossible to get Accessible Tickets. If you don’t get through on the Phone within the first 5 minutes of lines opening then you have no chance.” “Never tried
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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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