We're pleased to announce the publication of our latest Learning Disability Alliance Scotland Newsletter for November 2016. It features a number of articles which we think will be of some interest to you. We have attached a pdf for you to read. If you wish to listen to it, you can download an audio file here. Don't forget all the articles on our website can be read aloud by selecting the text and clicking it.
First we report on the results of our Self Directed Support Study. First we found that this Scottish Government policy had made real headway in helping people have some more control over the planning of their support packages compared to those who got their support in more traditional ways. But then we also found out that this didn’t lead on to significantly better outcomes. Both people with SDS and traditional support got roughly the same level of outcomes. This raises questions about whether SDS has been worth the time and money spent on it so far. You can read the article here. You can read the full report called Still Waiting by clicking here.
The second article reports on a lively campaign in Dumfries and Galloway to challenge the local council’s decision to increase the amount everyone under 60 has to pay in care charges at the same time that the Scottish Government gave them money to reduce the amount people had to pay. Read it here.
It would be really good to hear what you think about and if there is anything you think we should cover in our future newsletters. We hope these newsletter can keep people informed about both the challenges faced by people with learning disabilities and the solutions that can make a difference. So please let us know what is going on in your area.