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Recent employment law case: Self-employed carer joins the “employment” family

You may have heard about a recent court case relating to employment status, which is particularly relevant as it specifically applies to the care work force, and the use of an introduction agency.  Anthony Collins Solicitors have summarised the case here and note the following key points for those involved in the sector: The fact that […]

Scottish Government consultation: Changing Places Toilets.

The government has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce a requirement for Changing Places Toilets through revisions to the building standards system. Changing Places Toilets (CPTs) offer larger, supported facilities that address the needs of people for whom current accessible sanitary accommodation is inadequate. A network of nearly 200 Changing Places Toilets exists across […]

Local Authority guidance on implementing free personal care for under 65s.

New guidance on implementing free personal care for under 65s has been issued to Local Authorities across the country. This guidance has been issued ahead of April 1st, when the Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2018, will come into force. This legislation extends free personal care to those under […]

Inclusion Scotland Disabled leadership network.

  Inclusion Scotland is hoping to build a ‘disabled leadership network’. This will be a network comprising of disabled people who want to become stronger leaders, within their community, workplace, education setting, or within politics and activism. Their hope is to facilitate a platform where disabled people can develop their leadership skills and gain the confidence […]

New report. Awareness of the Carers (Scotland) Act : Experiences of Carers in Scotland

  Coalition of carers in Scotland have recently published a short report and recommendations for HSCPs and the wider community on improving access to support, information and advice for carers. You can access the report here

Goodmoves offer reduced rate for individuals and charities placing PA adverts.

Goodmoves is a recruitment platform for jobs within the Civil Society, Charity and Voluntary Sector in Scotland and the only dedicated jobs website in Scotland which is run by a charity. They are offering a new reduced rate for individuals booking personal assistant adverts directly: Individuals booking directly – £80 (plus VAT) per advert Charities booking […]

Jess Wade, SDSS Manager: Reflecting on 2018.

Winding down before the seasonal break gives a chance to reflect on the whirlwind of 2018, and what a busy year that was! For SDSS, we have had lots successes, developing new work and building on tried and tested approaches. We had the opportunity to host a well attended and vibrant National Voice event in […]

Stand with GDA: Glasgow deserves better social care!

  Glasgow’s Senior Social Work officials have recently re-visited a paper on resource allocation, which in June the Integrated Joint Board (IJB) refused due to concerns that the Equalities Impacts had not been considered, and that financial concerns capping individuals’ budgets could lead to forced institutionalisation. Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) and others are very concerned that if approved […]

Centre for Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross launch ‘Accessibility Guide Perth.’

The Centre for Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross have recently produced a handy accessibility guide for the Central Perth area. This was produced with help from Perth College and funded by the Creative Community Fund. The guide highlights accessibility in key areas of interest, as well as local cafes/restaurants. The guide shows where you can find […]

Getting out of the woods? Reflecting on the SDSS AGM 2018.

At the start of the month our AGM took place in with co-hosts SDS Forum East Renfrewshire. There were 49 delegates in total in attendance from a range of membership organisations from across Scotland. As well as an opportunity to discuss the work of SDSS over the last 12 months, highlight key achievements and challenges and […]