Inclusion Scotland

Expert coalition calls for fundamental review of disability assistance system

A fundamental review of disability assistance must be initiated by the Scottish Government during the next parliament, according to a coalition of organisations campaigning for long-term improvements to social security for disabled people. 

Published 19 August 2020

Unions call for ‘urgent action’ on accessible housing and winter evictions ban

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has demanded “urgent action” from local authorities to tackle the shortage in accessible housing and has also joined a campaign to ban winter evictions.

Published 17 April 2019

Chair of new Social Security Commission unveiled

Social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has announced the appointment of Dr Sally Witcher as chair of a new body tasked with scrutinising the Scottish social security system.

Published 8 January 2019

Blog: New EHRC guide for disabled people seeking accessible housing

In a guest blog written for Inclusion Scotland, the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlights a new guide for disabled people living in Scotland looking at social housing, the private rented sector and adaptations (for all tenures).

Published 22 October 2018

Next generation of affordable homes ‘too small for wheelchairs’

Many of the 50,000 new affordable homes which the Scottish Government has pledged will be delivered by 2021 will be unsuitable for disabled and elderly people, according to the government’s own research.

Published 6 February 2018

Organisations call for Brexit impact review into health and social care

Over 50 third sector organisations across the UK have backed an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill legislation calling for an independent review of the impact of Brexit on health and social care systems.

Published 28 November 2017

Scottish charities call for halt to roll-out of ‘flawed’ Universal Credit

A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland.

Published 31 August 2017

Scottish Government urged to seize ‘once in a generation opportunity’ to tackle accessible housing crisis

Disabled people’s organisation Inclusion Scotland has today called for the Scottish Government to seize the opportunity presented by their plan to build 50,000 new homes, by ensuring that they are built to be fully wheelchair accessible, or easily adapted to be so.

Published 21 June 2017

Research grant for Horizon project into allocation of adapted social housing

Horizon Housing Association has been awarded a £92,500 grant for an 18 month research project into the allocation of adapted and accessibly designed social housing.

Published 29 May 2017

United Nations to investigate if UK welfare reforms violate human rights

The United Nations (UN) are to investigate the UK government’s welfare reforms following a complaint that there had “grave and systematic” violations of disabled people’s human rights, it has been reported.

Published 31 August 2015

Lone parents, disabled women and refugees ‘impacted most’ by benefit sanctions

Calls for new welfare at Holyrood to be used to redress some the “devastating” impacts of benefit sanctions on women will be heard by MSPs today.

Published 2 June 2015