Monthly Archives: July 2015

Deprivation of Liberty – New Proposals

Read the Law Commission’s proposals at the attached link. Any changes in England are likely to have some effect in Scotland.

Important Human Rights Judgment – Disability

Mathieson v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2015) UKSC 47 This case challenged the rules around payments of DLA being withdrawn for disabled children after 84 consecutive days in hospital. The Supreme Court held that this breached Article 14 of the Human Rights Act regarding Prohibition on Discrimination. This case will create reflection and hopefully change regarding the rules for 16, 17 year-olds and adults who currently have their DLA withdrawn after 28 days in hospital. Read more at link below: https://rightsinreality.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/mathieson-v-sswp-another-supreme-court-win-for-disability-rights/

Welfare advocacy support project

The Advocacy Project has received additional funding through a 1 year pilot to provide independent advocacy support to disability benefits claimants. This support is focused on claimants to PIP and ESA and we will be working across our current service areas of East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire The client groups that we will be able to support through this project are: – People with a mental health condition – People with a learning disability – People with a physical disability – People with a neurological condition The type of support we can offer will include: – Assistance to understand, prepare and take part in meetings, assessments etc regarding PIP and ESA – Support in attending meetings, assessments etc. – Support to engage with specialist welfare agencies for appropriate advice. This can include supporting people to attend these appointment with these agencies if necessary The referral process is the same for any of our services – please call our office on 0141 420 0961 and ask for the duty worker. We will do our best to meet the needs of clients but cannot guarantee we will be able to attend all necessary appointments. In these situations we will Continue Reading >

Human rights milestone

We were delighted to hear that same-sex marriages are now legal across all of the USA after the Supreme Court ruled that any ban is considered unconstitutional. A positive step in the history of human rights!