The Scottish Government launched an Action Plan this week that outlines 50 commitments to tackle inequality and advance disabled people’s rights. Speaking at a meeting of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Glasgow, Communities Minister Marco Biagi said:
“At a time when the UK Government is undermining the human rights of disabled people with its programme of austerity and welfare cuts, we are committed to furthering their rights and engaging a wider section of the population in the debate.”
The plan sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and has been developed with input from disabled people’s organisations including one of our members Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA).
In response to the launch of the plan Tressa Burke, Chief Executive at GDA said:
“Glasgow Disability Alliance wholeheartedly welcomes the approach of the Scottish Government to planning policies and more importantly, delivery, which improves the lives of disabled people. We believe that disabled people have the same rights to participate in their own lives, communities, learning and workplaces as other citizens and that they can make tremendous contributions when they do.
The Delivery Plan is a great starting point on which to build to ensure that services support disabled citizens to be in the driving seats of their own lives- something they cannot routinely take for granted due to disabling barriers.”
GDA is an organisation run by disabled people for disabled people and now has a staggering membership approaching 3000 disabled individuals and groups. As the largest groundswell of disabled members in the UK, GDA support and work with hundreds of disabled people across Glasgow every year through programmes funded by Big Lottery, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government, including 53 year old Annmarie from Ballieston,
“Annemarie needed support building confidence and with a little training, she now sustains voluntary work 2 days per week in Glasgow Hospices. Disabled people make up almost 25% of Glasgow’s population, over 1 million disabled people live in Scotland and over 2 million people have long term conditions so it’s worth supporting their participation and inclusion!
GDA is delighted to work with the Scottish Government and other disabled people’s organisations to build on the Delivery Plan and ensure that Scotland is a fairer place where all citizens fulfil their potential and make vital contributions”.
Further consultation is sought on the draft commitments and views are encouraged from individuals and organisations. The consultation document and survey can be found on the Scottish Government website.
This Scottish Government consultation is running alongside a consultation being carried out by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).