COVID has brought unique challenges for the disabled

I found it really chilling recently to see that a survey had  found that many disabled people in Scotland were more worried about their mental health deteriorating than catching Covid-19. 

I attended an event at the Festival of Politics last week to hear about the effect of the pandemic on people with disabilities. It has been brutal for many, who have found their support services curtailed or stopped altogether. This was an issue that came up a lot in responses to my survey of Livingston South residents. 

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Why should we have to move?

“Why should we have to move everywhere and everything because of him?”

That question is on the front of Change, Justice, Fairness, a Scottish Women’s Aid community research project into homelessness caused by domestic abuse in Fife. 

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West Lothian Students start petition to save degree

Students from West Lothian College have started a petition to save the only honours degree in the area.

The degree has had its funding withdrawn by Edinburgh Napier University which ends a decade long partnership of running the course alongside the college.

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Young people face mental health wait

Forty percent of children and young people referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Scotland are waiting over 18 weeks for treatment, according to new figures from Public Health Scotland.

A shocking 14.6% had to wait over 36 weeks to start treatment, with 7.9% waiting over a year.

 

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The Liberal Democrats fight to give carers a voice

The Liberal Democrats are asking people across our community who care for relatives to get in touch and share their story – to mark national Carers Rights Day.

Liberal Democrat party leader Ed Davey has said he wants the party wants to be a "strong voice" for the millions across the country - including 10,464 people in the Livingston constituency and 10,794 people in Linlithgow and East Falkirk - who care for those who need it.

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