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Values Into Action Scotland Annual General Meeting

13/09/2011 14:00
13/09/2011 16:00

Our fourth AGM will be held on TUESDAY 13th September 2011

from 2.00pm (coffee available from 1.30pm) till 4.00pm

A light finger buffet will be served after the meeting at

Upper Springland, Isla Road, Perth PH2 7HQ


Following the business there will be two sessions on self directed support:


Geeza Life, Geeza Job

Using the Public Sector Equality Duty – a tool for the voluntary sector

08/09/2011 09:20
08/09/2011 15:30

Glasgow, Thursday 8th September 2011

A free conference

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a new Public Sector Equality Duty designed to ensure that public authorities consider the impact of their work on all groups that they serve and employ.

This full day event will help you as a voluntary or community organisation plan how to use the duty to ensure that public services meet the diverse needs of your communities.

Does the Personal Independence Payment Assessment Criteria Go Too Far?


In December 2010, the UK Government published its proposals to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from 2013/14 with a new benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP). They included a proposition that entitlement to Personal Independence Payment should be determined by an assessment designed to enable a more accurate, objective, consistent and transparent consideration of individuals, to identify those with the greatest need.

Letter to Employment Minister on release of benefit claimant statistics


The Chair of the Commons Work and Pensions has written on 27th July 2011 to the Minister for Employment Chris Grayling expressing serious concerns at the most recent misrepresentation of DWP statistics on benefit claimants in some sections of the media, after the committee also published a report  which covered, among other things, concerns over the way releases of official statistics about the incapacity benefit reassessment process have been covered in the media in the past.

Letter to Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Dear Minister,

Elaine McDonald v Kensington and Chelsea Council


Open Letter

I am writing to a number of you in the hope that some will take note of what has happened, others may engage in the debate, or if some feel resourced to do so offer some assistance in whatever way they may think fit

A number of us in Scotland have already put our names to a letter which appeared in the Scotsman yesterday.

See: http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/letters/Letter-Court-puts-prisoners-before.6797791.jp

Cross Party Group on Learning Disabilities - a call for stories about service cuts and more!


VIAS is part of the Cross Party Group on Learning Disability.

1. They want to hear about stories of how cuts are affecting you or people that you care about.

Please send on any examples of where cuts in the voluntary sector are having a big impact on the lives of people with learning difficulties.  Before you send them please have the person’s permission for them to be used as we would like to add them to letters to Ministers, COSLA and the press.

You can do this by emailing on norma.curran@viascotland.org.uk.

Community Jobs Scotland - go go go!


The Community Jobs Scotland programme has been signed off by John Swinney, which means that SCVO are ready to start creating jobs!

Their immediate priority is to set up jobs which start in August and September.

Funding will only allow the creation of 2000 jobs across Scotland so please register now to save disappointment.

If you are able to create jobs in August or September please visit www.scvo.org.uk/cjsemployerinformation for information on how to apply.

SFHA Launches Report on Impact of Welfare Reforms


Scottish Housing Minister Backs Report Findings


There is still time for the UK Government to change its welfare reform proposals to avoid unfairly penalising tenants and landlords, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), said on Thursday 23rd June as it launched the findings of research into the potential impacts of the Welfare Reform Bill.


Personalisation Planning Meeting

07/07/2011 10:00
07/07/2011 12:00

UNISON & Defend Glasgow Services

are having a Personalisation Networking Meeting on Thursday 7th July 10am-12pm

at  Unison House, 14 West Campbell Street

This is open to activists, services users, trade

unionists and families.
Please see attached flyer and let people who want to fight the cuts to those with learning disabilities know about this meeting.

RNIB press release

23/06/2011 09:49

PEOPLE with learning difficulties are ten times more likely to have sight problems than the general population, according to new research that will be released in the Scottish Parliament this evening [Thursday, June 23].

People with severe or profound learning difficulties are the most likely to have serious sight problems. In addition, six out of 10 people with learning difficulties need to wear glasses.

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