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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) leaving disabled people stranded

Written on: 27th April, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

            Motability, the charity which runs the support scheme for vehicles, recently revealed more than 50,000 people have had their cars reclaimed since Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was launched in 2013, replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Alex Thorburn, a Director of the Scottish Disability Equality Forum, believes the move away…

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Transport Scotland – Improving Parking In Scotland

Written on: 11th April, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

The Scottish Government want your views on improving the management of parking across Scotland and making regulation more consistent. The consultation asks how the Scottish Government can improve the clarity of the laws of parking, what restrictions should be applied and the exceptions that should be granted. The Scottish Government also aimed this consultation to local…

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Accessible Travel Hub Shortlisted for three Scottish Transport Awards

Written on: 6th April, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

      The Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) is delighted to announce that the Accessible Travel Hub has been shortlisted in three categories for the Scottish Transport Awards 2017. Shortlisted categories: Excellence in Travel Information and Marketing Excellence in Technology and Innovation Accessibility Project of the Year Now in its 15th year, the prestigious Scottish…

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Blue Badge Pilot Scheme is Extended

Written on: 10th March, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

The disabled person’s parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been extended to Autumn this year. People who think they might be eligible are being invited to contact their local authoritiy. The eligibility criteria have been revised and extended under the pilot to allow people who pose a risk to themselves or…

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Hidden Disabilities on Public Transport

Written on: 1st March, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

A recent article by Hattie Gladwell featured in The Metro newspaper highlights the difficulties of travelling on public transport with a hidden disability.  In the article, Hattie said: “I first realised I was too scared to ask anyone to give up their seat for me on public transport when I was experiencing crippling pain in my…

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Disabled Access Day

Written on: 21st February, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

Disabled Access Day is returning for its third year in March 2017, and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever! The event is powered by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website and app; so, when you search for what’s on below, you’ll be taken to event listings on the Euan’s Guide website.…

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ScotRail – Rail Awareness Open Day

Written on: 7th February, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

ScotRail would like to take this opportunity to advise you that the next Rail Awareness Open Day (the first of 2017) is confirmed for Glasgow Central on 29 March from 1230 – 1430. Rail Awareness Open Day is an information event to promote what ScotRail do for existing and potential rail users with reduced mobility…

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Call for evidence on the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009

Written on: 30th January, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

Closing date: Wednesday 15 March 2017 About this call for evidence. The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has launched a call for written evidence as part of its post legislative scrutiny of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009. The Committee want to hear your thoughts on how it is working and…

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ScotRail Online Research Panel

Written on: 23rd January, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

ScotRail is continuously looking to improve train services in Scotland and in order for this to happen, Stakeholder engagement at different levels is important to them and as such have launched an online panel giving everyone an opportunity to have their say. ScotRail want to hear your opinions and views how they can improve train…

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Disabled man wins UK Supreme Court case

Written on: 18th January, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

A disabled man has won a Supreme Court case after a dispute with a woman with a buggy over wheelchair space on a bus. The case began when Mr Paulley attempted to board a FirstGroup-operated bus but was left at the bus stop after a woman with a sleeping baby in a pram refused to…

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