Weekly Poll Results – Housing Adaptations

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about planning applications. We had a tremendous response and received lots of interesting comments. Question: Since 2014, have you needed to make any changes to your home because of your disability? YES/NO Your Feedback: 65% (17 respondents) said YES, that changes had been made to their homes since 2014 because of their disability. 35% said NO, changes had not been made to their homes. Your Comments: ”Plan and then try and have it done under your own steam as it may be cheaper and you’ll get what you want rather than
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Weekly Poll Results – Planning Applications

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about planning applications. We had a tremendous response and received lots of interesting comments. Question: Do you think local authorities should consult with Access Panels on all local planning applications? Your Feedback: 96% (46 respondents) said YES that local authorities should consult with Access Panels on all local planning applications, 4% (2 respondents) said NO, they should not. Your Comments: ”I think LA’s should consult with local Access Panels. Our Panel sees plans all the time and makes comment. This is crucial for public buildings” “I am a fervent advocate in
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Weekly Poll Results – Accessible Travel

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about  Accessible Travel. We had a tremendous response and received lots of interesting comments. Question: Are there barriers which prevent you from travelling on public transport. YES/NO Your Feedback: 90% (28 respondents) said YES they had experienced barriers which prevented them travelling on public transport because of their disability. 10% (3 respondents) said NO, they had not. Some comments: ” A severe lack of wheelchair accessible taxis away from town and city centres.” “Trains can be good and staff are helpful. Disability awareness training is important as it makes a real difference
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Weekly Poll Results – Shared Spaces

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about Shared Spaces. We had a fantastic response and received lots of interesting comments. Question: As a disabled person, do you agree with the idea of Shared Spaces? YES/NO Your Feedback: 12% of the 36 respondents answered YES that they did agree with the idea of Shared Spaces. 88% said NO, they did not agree with Shared Spaces. Some comments: “Pedestrians and vehicles are not a good mix and imagine the chaos with no traffic lights or road signs.” “Shared Spaces do not work well for people with a visual impairment
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Weekly Poll results – Disability Hate Crime

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about disability hate crime. We had a tremendous response and received lots of interesting comments. Question: Would you feel confident to report an incident of disability hate crime? YES/NO Your Feedback: 69% ( 33 respondents) answered YES that they would feel confident to report disability hate crime.  31% (15 respondents) said NO, they would not feel confident. Some comments: “It is difficult sometimes for people without disabilities to understand the significance of hate crime incidents.” “The legislation’s so loose worded, it’s difficult to know what to report and what can be
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Weekly Poll Results – Inclusive Communication

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about inclusive communication. We had a tremendous response and received lots of interesting comments. Question:  Do you think inclusive communication needs to be improved in public, private and third sector organisations?  YES/NO Your Feedback: 100% of the 32 respondents answered YES and agreed that inclusive communication needs to be improved in public, private and third sector organisations.
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Call For Evidence On Building Regulations In Scotland

About this Call For Evidence The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee launched a call for written evidence as part of its scrutiny of building regulations in Scotland and the Committee wanted to hear your thoughts and experiences of these regulations.
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Work, Health And Disability – Making Lives Better

About This Call For Evidence The UK Government were looking for people to respond to their consultation called Making Lives Better: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. The UK Government want to help disabled people into work and support for people with health conditions; help employers get new employees and healthy workplaces and high quality health and care for everyone.
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The Commission on Parliamentary Reform, Your Parliament, Your Voice

The Commission on Parliamentary Reform was launched by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Government in October 2016. The remit of the Commission is to consider how the Scottish Parliament: Can increase its engagement with wider society and involve the public; Can clarify its identity, as distinct from the Scottish Government; and Can be assured that it has the rights ‘checks and balances’ to enable effective conduct of parliamentary business
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Social Security in Scotland

The Scottish Government will be publishing a paper called ‘A New Future for Social Security in Scotland’. This will be published in March 2017. In that paper, the Scottish Government made a commitment to work with people across Scotland to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016. The Scottish Government believe that there should be opportunities for everyone to participate in the debates and decisions that matter to them, regardless of their circumstances or backgrounds.
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