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The ALLIANCE Self Management Awards

The ALLIANCE Self Management Awards reward good practice and promote ...more

Citizens Advice Scotland report exposes full impact of benefit sanctions

A Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) report on the impact of ...more

Scottish Government National Care Standards Review

The National Care Standards Review consultation seeks your views on ...more

Wavelength: Charity for people needing assistance with a Television or a Radio

Wavelength are the main UK Charity for people needing assistance ...more

Midlothian Benefits Cuts Support Group

Since the start of the year a group, primarily for ...more

Work Programme pushing disabled people further away from work

A report produced by mental health charity Mind, has found ...more


28 Jul 2014

How to get the support you want for Midlothian Disabled People

LCiL in partnership with Forward Mid are hosting 3 workshops ...more

19 Aug 2014

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - Consultation Event in Edinburgh

Grapevine and Inclusion Scotland are hosting a consultation on Personal ...more

09 Sep 2014

Midlothian Benefits Cuts Support Group

Since the start of the year a group, primarily for ...more

11 Sep 2014

Kidz Scotland 2014

Venue: Royal Highland Exhibition Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB, Time: 9.30am - ...more

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Scottish Disability Directory 

The Scottish Disability Directory (SDD) is a comprehensive and unique disability information directory and is the ONLY one of its kind in Scotland. At the touch of a button, access to over 4,000 disability contacts and other related support groups in Scotland including - national and local disability organisations, local council contacts, welfare rights and benefit advisers, as well as a wide range of organisations dealing with issues such as money advice, education, employment, equipment and adaptations, disability equality and legal issues, respite care, holidays and transport. 

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Bill to amend the Equality Act 2010 to improve access to public buildings
On 9th June 2014, House of Lords Conservative peer Lord Blencathra introduced a Bill to amend the Equality Act 2010 to 'improve access to public buildings ... more

Reports of hate crimes against disabled people rise
Hate crimes against people because of their disability are 12 percent higher than they were last year  ... more

'Have Your Say on Disability' survey
SDEF would like to hear the views of people with disabilities. They want to find out what Scotland still needs to do to ensure that disabled ... more

Scottish Government launches Carer's Kitemark for employers
Employers encouraged to be more carer-friendly. A new scheme to recognise employers who give extra help and support to carers in their workforce has been launched ... more

Carers Trust and Rank Group partnership funds new grants for carers
Adult carers can apply for a new range of grants to support them in their caring roles. The grants are funded by money raised through ... more

Progress made on self-directed support but patchy across councils says Audit Scotland
New legislation means councils will have to transform the way they deliver social care, offering people choice and control over the support they need ... more

New Artlink website for people with sight loss, hearing loss and sign language users
Artlink is launching a new website, Investigate Create, providing information to open up the arts for people with sight loss, people with hearing loss and ... more

Welfare Rights
First independent review of Personal Independence Payment
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has appointed Paul Gray CB to undertake the first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment ... more

New report details local impact of welfare reform in Scotland
The impact of welfare reform in each local authority and electoral ward in Scotland has been revealed by research commissioned by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform ... more

Welfare reform policies impacting heavily on third sector care and support staff
A new report published by IRISS shows that welfare reform policies are impacting heavily on third sector care and support services, and their workforce, in Scotland ... more 


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