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Democracy Matters - YouTube

The PowerPoint can be found here 

The Local Governance review can be found at https://www.ideas.gov.scot/local-governance-review

Applications can be made online at

https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/democracy-matters-community-engagement-fund/

Applications must be in by Wednesday 31st October. Consultation events must take place by 16 November.

The Scottish Government needs feedback from the events by Friday 30 November 2018.

The group can email their feedback directly to the Scottish Government – democracymatters@gov.scot

But deafscotland  will submit a report on what people with a hearing loss think about local decision-making processes and how they want to be involved.

If the group would like their discussion to inform the deafscotland report, please email the discussion information to Mandy Reid, who is writing our report. Her email address is director@mjreid.net by 16 November 2018.

Other Regional Events taking place: Please click on the links for more information.

20th November – Edinburgh

21st November – Dundee

22nd November – Aberdeen

26th November: Irvine

28th November – Inverness

28th November – Lerwick

29th November – Glasgow

5th December Oban (afternoon)

5th December Oban (evening)

Shetland – details coming soon

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BSL Tours at Stirling Castle and the Engine Shed - YouTube

Historic Environment Scotland are running a day of BSL tours in Stirling on Saturday 22 September. The tours will be led by John Hay, and interpreted by Linda Duncan.

The first tour of the day will be at the Engine Shed (next to Stirling Railway Station) at 10am. In the afternoon there will be two tours of Stirling Castle at 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

To book tickets, visit here

For more information contact Sally Gall at Sally.Gall@hes.scot.

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#deafscotland supports #NDW18 Our @BSLConsultant believes every deaf person has the right to learn about democracy and vote! Let’s make votes matter to deaf people. #alldeaf #notequalyet #communication4all #TalkDemocracy @ElectoralCommUK

For more information click here!

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PIP Payment Assessment Guidance Update

Over the past few months the DWP has been undertaking work to implement the findings of the Upper Tribunal in the case of MH, relating to how overwhelming psychological distress is considered when assessing a PIP claimants’ ability to plan and follow a journey.

The Department has now published updated guidance to reflect the Upper Tribunal judgment in MH. This can be found at the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-assessment-guide-for-assessment-providers

Additional Statement

The Minister for Disabled People has laid a Ministerial Statement in Parliament confirming this, which can be found here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-06-25/HCWS793/

Case Managers will now be applying the new guidance to all decisions from today and the administrative exercise to identify affected claimants (either those already on the caseload, or who have made a claim for PIP since the original judgment) will now commence. This exercise will look back at these claims to apply the decisions of both MH and RJ (relating to safety and supervision) in order to identify claimants who are affected and may be entitled to more support. Payments will then be backdated to the effective date in each individual case. There is also a plain English description of the changes and the administrative exercise available here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-changes

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deafscotland have produced a briefing on Participation, Consultation and Communication

Despite the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Scotland Act 1998 requiring government, the public sector and those delivering services of a public nature to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and other international laws, there has been insufficient progress on compliance with duties and enabling people to assert their rights.

To read more click here!

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The ScotRail Alliance has published details of the latest upgrade works to be carried out between Aberdeen and Inverness. During the period of these works, we encourage any customers requiring assistance to pre book their travel using our Assisted Travel booking service to enable us to ensure that expectations are met.

Full details of the Assisted Travel service are on our website  https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/accessible-travel

As part of the multi-million-pound upgrade, a 14-week line closure between Aberdeen and Dyce will be in place from 12 May 2018, to allow major improvement works to take place.  Bus replacement services will be in operation to keep customers moving between Aberdeen and Dyce during the upgrade work. Further details will be published closer to the time and will be available on the ScotRail website.

Preparation work will take place over the Easter weekend on Sunday 1 April 2018, and May bank holiday weekend from Friday 4 May until Monday 7 May 2018. This will include de-vegetation and ground investigations along the route. The line will be closed during these preparation works and replacement buses will be used over both weekends to get customers where they need to be.

The Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project is a Scottish Government-funded upgrade of the railway between the two cities.

By the end of 2019 the project will deliver:

  • Hourly service between Inverness-Elgin, providing 1,300 additional seats each day
  • Introduction of half hourly all-day service between Aberdeen and Inverurie, providing 3,000 additional seats each day
  • Majority of Aberdeen to Inverness services formed of high speed trains, providing 1,400 additional seats each day
  • Additional Elgin – Aberdeen early morning and late evening services
  • New through services between Inverurie – Montrose, reducing the need to interchange at Aberdeen
  • More through services between Inverness and the central belt via Aberdeen
  • Extended platforms at Insch to accommodate longer high-speed trains

The upgrade work beginning in spring 2018 will double the track between Aberdeen and Dyce. There is currently only a single track between Aberdeen and Dyce, which causes delays as only one train at a time can pass through. Further upgrade work will be carried out between Dyce and Inverurie in 2019.

ScotRail Alliance Infrastructure Director David Dickson said:

“The investment we are making to upgrade the line between Aberdeen and Inverness is all part of our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had. This is a massive project, which will ultimately transform services in the north of Scotland.

“The work between Aberdeen and Dyce will double the track, so that we can improve the reliability of service our customers receive.

“We know lengthy line closures are a real inconvenience for customers, and we will do everything we can to keep people moving during the upgrade work. We will publish further information for customers closer to the time.”

Further information on the Aberdeen-Inverness upgrade work can be found here: http://bit.ly/2iSHMDT

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It is 10 years since SCoD published the research paper “Making the Case for Specialist Mental Health Services in Scotland”. SCoD has produced a paper that shows the developments that have been put in place for people with a hearing loss in Scotland who need support to maintain good mental health and wellbeing. It also shows what still needs to be done. To read the paper, go to www.scod.org.uk/briefings/

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SCoD has been campaigning to get the health question in the Census changed since 2007. We have beein involved in the consultation on the health conditions question for the 2021 Census. As there is still little accurate data on the number of people in Scotland with a hearing loss and the level of that hearing loss, our ask has become a need as the Census is an accurate method of collecting data on people in Scotland and their health conditions. To read the latest briefing on the subject, go to the Briefings page.

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Report to Scottish Human Rights Commission on A Business and Human Rights National Action Plan – WORD PDF

Submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Independent Commission on Parliamentary Reforms – WORD PDF

Submission on the “Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament Inquiry” To the Equalities and Human Rights Committee – WORD PDF

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