Disabilities Fife Logo


Disabilities Fife header

This link will take you to the Aspirations page

Link to our Home PageThis image link will take to to History of FIDN pageThis image link will take you to our Contact Us page
This image link will take you back to the Miscellaneous Home Page

Information From the Scottish Government

 

26/06/2017

National Standards for Community Engagement - accessible formats

The Scottish Community Development Centre has released new support materials have been produced to accompany the revised National Standards for Community Engagement. Developed in partnership with Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA), the National Standards for Community Engagement are now in the following accessible formats:

•    Easy Read version of the National Standards for Community Engagement
•    Easy Read - plain large print (18pt) of the National Standards for Community Engagement 
•    Easy Read - plain large print (24pt) of the National Standards for Community Engagement
•    Audio version (MP3) of the National Standards for Community Engagement 
•    A braille version of the National Standards for Community Engagement is also available on request. 

View and download the accessible versions by clicking here. For more information or further support around accessible versions of the Standards, please contact Paul Nelis at SCDC on 0131 248 1924 or e-mail paul@scdc.org.uk.

From Fife Centre for Equalities e-bulletin June 2017

 

26/06/2017

Increased Carer’s Allowance to be delivered next summer

Created: 09/06/2017

The first social security payments to be delivered by the Scottish Government have been outlined to parliament by Social Security Secretary Angela Constance.

The next milestone in building Scotland’s new social security system will be the delivery of the first benefits and these will be the increased Carer’s Allowance, the Best Start Grant and the Funeral Expense Assistance. 

Increased Carer’s Allowance:

  • delivery from summer 2018

  • increasing to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • an investment of more than £30 million a year

Best Start Grant (replacing the Sure Start Maternity Grant)

  • delivery by summer 2019

  • a one-off grant of £600 for the first child in low income families – an increase of £100 on the current rate

  • a re-introduction of £300 for subsequent children and two payments of £250 each during a child’s early years

Funeral Expense Assistance

  • delivery by summer 2019

  • processing applications within 10 days – significantly faster than at present

  • making it easier for people to understand if they are eligible for assistance

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 15 June 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

 

 

15/06/2017

New Health and Social Care Standards Published

Created: 09/06/2017

Ensuring care is provided with dignity and respect will be at the heart of Scotland's new Health and Social Care Standards with human rights at their core. 

The standards, which will be implemented on 1 April 2018, will apply to the NHS as well as services registered with the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and set out the standard people should expect when using health or social care services.

They are focused on improving people’s experience of care and are based on five outcomes:

  • I experience high quality care and support that is right for me.

  • I am fully involved in all decisions about my care and support.

  • I have confidence in the people who support and care for me.

  • I have confidence in the organisation providing my care and support.

  • I experience a high quality environment if the organisation provides the premises.

They are also underpinned by five principles: dignity and respect; compassion; be included; responsive care and support and wellbeing; which reflect the way that everyone should expect to be treated.

To read more click here

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 15 June 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

 

15/05/2015

Scottish Government 'core suit of indicators' for Health and Social Care Integration

The Scottish Government have launched the 'core suite of indicators' that will be used to measure health and wellbeing outcomes within health and social care.  
The health and social care Alliance have launched a briefing paper on these indicators. To read the Alliance brief click here or to read the Scottish Governments 'core suit of indicators' click here.

Fife Voluntary Action Health and Social Care e-Bulletin May 2015 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

From the Fife Voluntary Action Health and Social Care e-Bulletin May 2015Opens a MS Word document containing information and links the Fife Voluntary Action website www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

 

01/07/2014

The Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee has asked for views on the Scottish Government’s Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was introduced on 10 June and aims to put the interim Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) arrangements on a statutory footing.
The objectives of the interim SWF are to provide a safety net in an emergency when there is an immediate threat to health and safety, through the provision of a non-repayable grant (Crisis Grant); and enable people to live independently, or to continue to live independently, preventing the need for institutional care, through the provision of a non-repayable grant (Community Care Grant). This includes providing assistance to families facing exceptional pressures. For example where there has been a breakdown in family relationships, perhaps involving domestic violence, which is resulting in a move.

"Click Here" To view the rest of the document

 

24/05/2014

As reported by the BBC, the members bill...

MSPs unanimously backed the general principles of the Disabled Persons' Parking Badges Bill, after its Stage 1 debate on 20 May 2014.

"Click Here" to view the video online

The members' bill, introduced by Dennis Robertson MSP in December, is designed to strengthen enforcement of the blue badge scheme.

The scheme provides parking concessions for people with restricted mobility who have difficulty using public transport.

Disability groups have claimed that misuse of the blue badges was widespread.

The legislation is intended to give local authorities the power to cancel badges which have been reported lost or stolen and confiscate badges that are being misused.

Misuse of a blue badge is already an offence, but enforcement powers currently lie with the police.

Badge misuse may take a range of forms including allowing a friend or family member to use the badge when the disabled person it belongs to is not in the car, tampering with a badge or using a badge that is out of date.

The bill has the backing of the Scottish government, and was unanimously backed across the chamber.

The above article is from the BBC`s website http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/scotland-27494976

 

27/04/2014

Mental Health (Scotland) BillMental Health (Scotland)

This Bill aims to improve the operation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. This Act covers when you can be taken into hospital or given treatment against your will, what your rights are and the safeguards to make sure these rights are protected.

SDEF recognises the technical nature of some of the changes proposed in this consultation. We believe, however, that the overall number of responses will be limited by the consultation document’s complicated drafting, the lack of an easy-read version and the failure to explain, or provide a glossary, for terms such as Mental Health Officer and Compulsory Treatment Order.
 
Download our full response from our website

The above information is from the SDEF website www.sdef.org.uk/ Via their e-newsletter SDEF Voice 12

 

27/04/2014

Self-directed Support Act now in effect

Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:38

Disabled people and their organisations call on councils to 'work with us'

From 1 April 2014 every local authority in Scotland will have a legal responsibility to offer 'self-directed support' (SDS), enabling disabled people to have increased freedom, choice, dignity and control over the support they need to live an independent life.

The offer ‘to work with us’ comes from Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) – a national network of Disabled People's Organisations that share information and expertise on the successful delivery of 'self-directed support'.

The Scottish Government has invested in a number of organisations and projects nationally to build the capacity of independent support and information which will help to support individuals to make choices using Self-directed Support. 

The launch event was arranged by Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL), which has been supporting disabled people across Lothian for 20 years, and helps people to access Self-directed Support options.

Read more...

The above information is from the SDEF website www.sdef.org.uk/ Via their e-newsletter SDEF Voice 12

 

16/03/2017

Draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan

The Scottish Government has opened consultation on the Draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan until Wednesday, 31 May 2017. The draft plan, for the period 2017 to 2023, covers the Scottish Government and more than 50 national public bodies answerable to Scottish Ministers, and it is framed around ten long-term goals. Anyone in Scotland can contribute to the consultation and members of BSL communities can help shape the National Plan. There will be a number of consultation events taking place around Scotland. Do not miss out on this unique opportunity for your views to be heard and spread the word! Should you have any questions, please contact admin@deafsectorpartnership.net

From Fife Centre for Equalities Weekly catch-up W/C 13 March 2017

 

04/04/2017

Latest health inequalities statistics released

Created: 30/03/2017

The Scottish Government has published the latest in a series of reports monitoring health inequalities in Scotland.

The report looks at a range of indicators to assess the gap in health outcomes between the most deprived and least deprived areas of Scotland, and identify changes in this gap over time.

The report highlights that with the exception of one specific indicator (the healthy birthweight indicator), significant health inequalities persist in Scotland.

Positively, in a number of indicators, absolute inequality (the gap between the most and least deprived areas) has narrowed over the longer term. This includes in relation to:

  • Premature mortality - the gap has reduced by 16 per cent from its peak in 2002;

  • Coronary heart disease deaths - the gap has reduced by 47 per cent from its peak in 1997;

  • First alcohol-related hospital admission - the gap has reduced by 43 per cent since the start of the time series in 1996;

  • All-cause mortality in those aged 15-44 – the gap has reduced by 16 per cent from its peak in 2001; and

  • Low birthweight – the gap has reduced by 31 per cent since its peak in 2004.

However, at the same time the gap has widened for two indicators, including

  • Limiting long-term conditions – the gap has increased by 39 per cent since the start of the time series in 2008/2009; and

  • Self-assessed health – the gap has increased by 47 per cent since the start of the time series in 2008/2009.

The report also looks at the relative index of inequality (RII), which identifies the gap in health outcomes in the most deprived areas compared to the average throughout Scotland. It is possible for absolute inequalities to improve, but relative inequalities to worsen.

To read the full report click here.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 30 March 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

 

07/04/2017

Scottish Government publishes Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027

Created: 31/03/2017

The Scottish Government has published its latest Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027.

This strategy outlines their 10 year vision for Mental Health Services in Scotland.

Their guiding ambition for mental health is "that we must prevent and treat mental heath problems with the same commitment, passion and drive as we do with physical health problems". 

The strategy sets out 40 initial actions to better join-up services, to refocus these and to deliver them when they are needed under the following headings:

  • Prevention, early intervention, and physical wellbeing;

  • Access to treatment, and joined up accessible services; and

  • Rights, information use and planning 

Click here to read the full report. 

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 07 April 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

 

07/06/2017

National Standards for Community Engagement - accessible formats

The Scottish Community Development Centre has released new support materials have been produced to accompany the revised National Standards for Community Engagement. Developed in partnership with Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA), the National Standards for Community Engagement are now in the following accessible formats:

•    Easy Read version of the National Standards for Community Engagement
•    Easy Read - plain large print (18pt) of the National Standards for Community Engagement 
•    Easy Read - plain large print (24pt) of the National Standards for Community Engagement
•    Audio version (MP3) of the National Standards for Community Engagement 
•    A braille version of the National Standards for Community Engagement is also available on request. 

View and download the accessible versions by clicking here. For more information or further support around accessible versions of the Standards, please contact Paul Nelis at SCDC on 0131 248 1924 or e-mail paul@scdc.org.uk.

From Fife Centre for Equalities e-bulletin June 2017

 

15/03/2016

Information on BLUE BADGES

•The Blue Badge is a national parking scheme administered by local authorities on behalf of the Scottish Government.

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2007/03/28155511/1

•The Blue Badge scheme was introduced in 1971 to help disabled people achieve more independence.

The above text and more are part of a MS PowerPoint presentation. The rest of it can be view in it`s origanal PowerPoint format or in MS Word


Blue Badges PowerPoint Document

Blue Badges MS Word Document

Link to download a MS Word Viewer

Link to download a MS Word Viewer

Link to download a MS PowerPoint Viewer

Link to download a MS PowerPoint Viewer

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2007/03/
28155511/1

 

09/12/2014

Scotland Against the Care Tax Petition

Hi Everyone
We have reached our first milestone with 500 signatures to the petition. Well done to all who have shared. Here's to the next milestone. You can view it here https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/scottish-parliament-end-non-residential-social-care-charges-for-older-and-disabled-people.

 

01/07/2014

The Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee has asked for views on the Scottish Government’s Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was introduced on 10 June and aims to put the interim Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) arrangements on a statutory footing.
The objectives of the interim SWF are to provide a safety net in an emergency when there is an immediate threat to health and safety, through the provision of a non-repayable grant (Crisis Grant); and enable people to live independently, or to continue to live independently, preventing the need for institutional care, through the provision of a non-repayable grant (Community Care Grant). This includes providing assistance to families facing exceptional pressures. For example where there has been a breakdown in family relationships, perhaps involving domestic violence, which is resulting in a move.

"Click Here" To view the rest of the document

This image link will take you to information on The Scottish government`s Effective debt relief plan

The Scottish government`s Effective debt relief plan

This image link will take you our page onThe Scottish Government Central Heating Programme & Warm Deal Grant

The Scottish Government Central Heating Programme & Warm Deal Grant

This image link will take you to the Scottish Governments website on An applicant's guide to improvement and repair grants for private housing

An applicant's guide to improvement and repair grants for private housing

This link will take you to the page on the Scottish Executive website containing the above information

To Top of page
This image link will take you back to the Miscellaneous Home Page

Disabilities Fife
West Bridge Mill, Bridge Street,
Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 1TE
Scottish Charity No: SC 026112