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A number of consultations have been initiated recently, some by Aberdeenshire Council. Local authorities will need funding from the Scottish Government to implement the recommendations of the consultations, especially as with Council Tax frozen local authorities raise little money themselves compared to what they spend. Funding by the EU normally requires match funding from either the Scottish Government or the local authority, which in practice means local authority will ask the Scottish Government for the funds required. It will be disappointing if the Scottish Government is keen to encourage consultation exercises so that it appears to be listening to communities but does not provide the funds to implement recommendations.

Macduff & Banff

Consultation re what would improve Macduff and Banff.

Fisher Associates were appointed by Aberdeenshire Council to consult and produce proposals which will promote improvements in Macduff and Banff with Macduff harbour and the harbour frontage receiving specific mention. The initial consultations including public workshops during the week commencing 17th May and the follow on draft plan and further consultations are welcome. We hope for positive recommendations and that EU and other funding will be found to take the recommendations forward and to implement these for the benefit of both towns. We made proposals to Fisher Associates in principle to the effect that there should be improvements including investment in Macduff harbour but did not go into detail leaving that to those consulted.


This appears to be a more modest consultation but it is important that our communities have the opportunity to make recommendations to allow our communities to thrive.


We all know that this is a dangerous road which should be improved. We hope that recommendations will lead to improvements and whilst there will always be accidents caused by driver error an inherently safer road would reduce accidents.

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  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    Kevin McNally

    A care provider has been fined £190,000 following the death of a disabled resident who broke his neck at a nursing home in West Yorkshire.

    Watchdog the Care Quality Commission prosecuted Leeds-based St Anne's Community Services after 62-year-old Kevin McNally died at the home in Smithies Moor Lane, Birstall, in April last year.

    Bradford Magistrates' Court was told that Mr McNally, who had Down's syndrome, epilepsy, dementia and a severe learning disability, had lived in the nursing home since 2012.

    In April 2015 two care workers had gone to Mr McNally's bedroom to help him take a shower using a shower commode chair. The shower chair fell forwards while he was loosely strapped in. Staff attempted to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead in hospital.

    Jenny Ashworth, prosecuting, told the court that the provider had failed to adequately control the risk of serious injury and the accident was avoidable.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    Learning disability branch editor, Rebecca, was shocked to find that individuals close to her were unaware that a disability does not change a person's desire and right to be in a relationship

    My partner asked me a question the other day, which in my opinion was completely pointless.

    He asked: "are people with learning disabilities allowed to have relationships?"

    Pointless in my opinion because the answer was so obvious to me - of course they are!

    But it got me thinking. To individuals not working with the learning disability community and who don't understand that the people we support are just like you or I, the idea of people who are perceived to be different (which they aren't) being in a relationship would, I guess, be unthinkable.

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    Individuals with a learning disability experience feelings for others just like you or I do, and they also have different sexual orientations. We know this because it is something we work with these individuals everyday.

    "Individuals with a learning disability experience feelings for others just like you or I do"

    But in the eyes of those who are still naïve to the world of disability, those who require extra support and have many professionals in their lives making decisions for them (ideally decisions should be made with them, but all to often this isn't the case) it may seem fit that the decision of whether or not to be in a relationship is made for them.

    The media has helped open many eyes to the "unimaginable" concept of individuals with a disability having a relationship, through shows such as The Undateables on Channel 4, but still the general public don't always seem to get it.

    The individuals on these sorts of programmes are often perceived by the general public as being "cute" and responses like "it's a shame" are all too common.

    But why is an individual being in a relationship "cute" and why is it a shame?

    Yes they have a disability, but at the end of the day it's just two individuals in a relationship.

    "At the end of the day it's just two individuals in a relationship"

    There was a BBC documentary on a few years ago, "Otto: Love, Lust and Las Vegas" (I know Otto personally, and he is a great guy and a talented actor). It followed a young man with Downs syndrome on a quest to explore relationships and to have sex.

    It was a great documentary which again gave insight into relationships in the learning disability community.

    But why do we feel the need to publicise the fact that a human being with a disability is having sex? Surely it's nothing to rave about, sex is part of who we are as human beings, it's nature. it's another example of individuals with a disability being perceived as different and expected live their lives differently to everyone else.

    Living together as a couple is another question my partner raised. He couldn't quite understand how individuals with a learning disability could live together as a couple if they needed support with living their life to the full.

    "I felt disheartened having to explain how two individuals could possibly live together"

    I explained the concept of supported living and the penny dropped, but again I felt disheartened having to explain how two individuals could possibly live together.

    I did some reading after answering my partner's many questions and came across an interesting statistic from mencap 2016: just 3% of people with a learning disability live as a couple, compared to 70% of the general adult population.

    Why is it so few?

    I can't help but feel it is influenced by the stigma attached to individuals with a learning disability being in a meaningful relationship.

    My mission for the future is to ensure that the stigma surrounding relationships in individuals with learning disabilities is minimised, how successful I will be I am unsure, however I will keep fighting no matter what.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    A Middlesbrough care home has been placed in special measures over concerns its residents had suffered from neglect.

    Belle Vue Nursing Home was judged to be "inadequate" by the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an unannounced inspection in May.

    It was ordered to improve but, after further complaints, was visited again in June and found to be "inadequate".

  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    A national charity has called for more training for cab drivers after a Leicester taxi driver refused to pick up a blind couple with a guide dog.

    The Guide Dogs charity has spoken out after Charles Bloch and partner Jessica Graham were refused a lift on Friday because they had the assistance dog Carlo with them.

    Ms Graham, who like Charles was born visually impaired and is registered blind, recorded the encounter and posted it on her Facebook page.

    The video has been viewed more than one million times on social media sites.

    Read more at http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/charity-wants-better-training-after-leicester-taxi-driver-refuses-to-take-blind-couple-and-guide-dog/story-29479326-detail/story.html?platform=hootsuite#ZspztcAGfHZhorOa.99
  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today called for an urgent review of the regulation of Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLPs) after it was revealed the controversial business model was at the heart of a Ukrainian probe into organised crime arm exports.

    These revelations follow reports that SLPs are being marketed as tax avoidance vehicles in Eastern Europe. SLPs, which were first established in a century-old element of Scots company law, are not required to register for tax or provide full financial reports in Scotland.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said Ministers must work with health boards to boost early cancer detection rates as new figures revealed a flagship target has been missed.

    In 2012, the Scottish Government announced a four year Detect Cancer Early plan with a target to increase the proportion of people diagnosed with stage 1 breast, colorectal and lung cancer by 25% by 2015, compared to the 2010-11 baseline.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned Ministers need to get a grip on the integration of health and social care services after last month saw an increase in the number of patients kept in hospital after they were clinically ready to be discharged.

    Delayed discharge statistics showed that in June 2016, 457 patients were kept in hospital more than two weeks longer than necessary. 175 patients were kept in hospital more than six weeks after there was no clinical need for them to remain as inpatients.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles today warned the First Minister against setting up EU strawmen to pave the way for a second referendum on independence for Scotland.

    Speaking as the First Minister made a speech on Scotland and the EU in Edinburgh, Mr Rumbles said that Nicola Sturgeon must honour her commitment to work in good faith with people across the UK to get the best deal for Scotland and the rest of the country.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said Scotland's new Surveillance Commissioner must protect the freedom of journalists and others who have had their communications data accessed unlawfully.

    Mr McArthur was speaking after answers to Lib Dem parliamentary questions revealed that senior judge Lord Bracadale has been appointed as as the Surveillance Commissioner for Scotland.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on councils to ensure that homophobic bullying is recorded accurately as new figures showed nearly half of local authorities do not hold records on incidents of homophobia in schools.

    Freedom of Information requests by the Liberal Democrats found that 14 of the councils responding do not record information on homophobic, transphobic or bi-phobic incidents or were unable to provide data on request.