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‘Connecting Scotland’- new programme to support those who are digitally excluded.

On 7th May 2020, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell announced a new £5 million programme will offer an internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Full information about the ‘Connecting Scotland’ programme can be found here. This programme delivered […]

UN Rights of Disabled People, COVID-19 guidance

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, The UN have published guidance on the Rights of Disabled People. This guidence aims to do the following: bring awareness of the pandemic’s impact on persons with disabilities and their rights; draw attention to some promising practices already being undertaken around the world; identify key actions for States […]

New Inquiry launched: ‘ The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equalities and human rights.’

    On April 27th 2020 Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee launched a COVID-19 Inquiry which seeks to identify the evidence that some groups of people are experiencing disproportionately negative impacts of the coronavirus, and by some of the measures taken to deal with it. This Inquiry is open for responses until January […]

GDA ‘Covid-Resilience’ interim findings show that disabled people are left behind.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis the team at Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) has been conducting outreach to understand the impact that COVID-19, and resulting measures, are having on disabled people. So far this has included: letters and surveys to 5000+ disabled people; wellbeing phone calls to 1550; in-depth survey completed by 1177; and […]

SILC Call for immediate action.

The Scottish Independent Living Coalition (SILC) of Disabled People’s Organisations have released an urgent call for action which addresses the rights of Disabled People throughout this time of crisis. As a member of SILC, SDSS are proud to support this statement which addresses vital action needed. Read the call for action in full here.  

SDS Collective COVID-19 call for action.

    The SDS Collective have published a call for action to ensure that throughout these times of crisis the values and principles of Self-directed Support are maintained. Read the statement is full here.

Social Care staff to receive Real Living Wage.

  On Sunday the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, announced a new agreement between Scottish Government and COSLA which means that all adult social care staff should now receive the Real Living Wage of £9.30 per hour, with immediate effect. She further clarified that this applies to: ‘All hours worked including sleepovers […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for SDSS members and stakeholders.

  This page will be updated frequently as the situation develops. Last updated: 11th June, 14.10.  As members and key stakeholders will be aware Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing particular concern for those working in a social care context at the moment. There is lots of useful information available online, we have collated the most relevant […]

Health and Sport Committee Social Care Inquiry, SDSS response.

      Today we have submitted and published our final response to the very welcome Health and Sport Committee Inquiry on Social Care. Our response draws on feedback from our members, the individuals they support, and early findings from the recent My Support, My Choice research which focuses on user experiences of Self-directed Support. […]

SDS National Voice 2020, Member tickets: information and offers.

    SDS National Voice 2020 Common Ground is our third National Voice event. Our members have been central to the success of previous National Voice events whether that be through their contributions as speakers ,workshop hosts or as delegates. This year we have introduced a small charge for members to help us to cover […]