Hi Name,

Welcome to our Policy and Campaigns Update.  It includes recent news from LTCAS, the Scottish Government and the Scottish, UK and European Parliaments which may be of interest to you or your colleagues.

For further information and updates, please go to the 'Latest News' and 'Policy and Campaigns' section of our website www.ltcas.org.uk

I recently joined the LTCAS team as Assistant Policy and Campaigns Officer. Looking forward to working with you in the near future.

If you would like to alert LTCAS to something that you would like to feature in this update, please contact louise.wanczycki@ltcas.org.uk 

Best wishes,

Louise Wanczycki
Meet the Leaders Event: Nicola Sturgeon

On Monday 17th January, the Deputy Leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon MSP met with LTCAS members and people living with long term conditions as part of our series of Meet the Leaders Events. At the meeting she expressed the SNP's wish to continue to support LTCAS and the Self Management Fund. She highlighted three main areas that the SNP would build on over the next few years to improve the lives of the people living with long term conditions:

-  improve links between the voluntary and the public sector, 
-  encourage innovation within the NHS,
-  and, progress the preventative agenda.

A write up of the event will be available on the LTCAS website shortly. Click here for previous write ups of Meet the Leaders Events.

LTCAS Self-directed Support Overview

To read a quick guide to the Self-directed Support strategy for Scotland written by LTCAS, please click here.  

Impact on VAT Increase on People Living with Long Term Conditions

The increased cost of living due to VAT rise will disproportionately affect people living with long term conditions, many of whom will already have higher than average outgoings.  To read the LTCAS assessment on VAT rise, click here

Annual Conference - Public Service Reform and Long Term Conditions - New Speakers Announced

-  Lesley Riddoch, Journalist and Broadcaster (Chair)  
-  Dr Campbell Christie, Commission on Public Services

 Event will take place on Tuesday 22nd March 2011, Perth Concert Hall. Download the booking form from the LTCAS website or alternatively call 0141 404 0231. 

Annual Conference - Public Service Reform and Long Term Conditions - Call for workshops

You are invited to submit an abstract to run a workshop at the LTCAS Annual Conference and AGM on Tuesday 22 March 2011.

The workshop must be interactive and clearly demonstrate a link to the topic of our conference. 

We hope that the workshops will help contribute to overall aims of our conference to:

-  explore key agendas in more detail
-  consider how public services can be redesigned through ‘asset–based approaches’ (such as self management, personalisation, co-production and recovery) 
-  contribute to an ambitious vision for sustainable, high quality services that harness the capacity of Scotland’s people and communities – how should services work, act and impact upon people’s lives?

If you are interested in running a workshop, please complete and return the attached abstract form by Friday 28 January to justine.duncan@ltcas.org.uk

LTCAS Consultation Response: Wheelchair and Seating Services

To read the LTCAS response to the NHS Scotland Wheelchair and Seating Services - Clinical Standards Consultation, please click here.    

The King's Speech

The King's Speech,  the new film about King George VI (Colin Firth) overcoming his stammer with the help of a speech therapist, has helped to raise awareness of stammering.

Funding for Charities

The Scottish Government is to give 77 voluntary care organisations across Scotland a share of £1 million from the Voluntary Sector Development Fund to enhance staff development and training.

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator: New Chaiperson Appointed

The Very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes CBE, who is Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. The appointment will last for up to four years running from 1st March 2011 to 28th February 2015.

Health Initiative in Local Shops

As part of the Healthyliving Programme, the Scottish Government has funded a health food drive in over 250 local corner shops across Scotland. 

Housing for Older People and those with Disabilites: 2010 Statistics

Statistics for housing for older people and those with disabilities in Scotland have been released.  Improvements include the rise in the number of wheelchair adapted housing from 2,300 in 1996 to 6,300 in 2010.   

NHS National Waiting Times Centre Board: Chair Appointed

Jeane Freeman is appointed to the position of chair on the board for the duration of 4 years.   

Forth Valley NHS Boards: New Appointments

Fiona Gavine and Charles Forbes are appointes as board members for the duration of 4 years. 
Reports and Publications Reports and Publications

Scottish Government Consultation Responses: Towards an Autism Strategy for Scotland

Healthy Weight Communities: Interim Evaluation Report

Speak up for Rural Scotland: Analysis of Responses to Consultation

Scottish Government Consultation Responses: The Right to Adapt Common Parts in Scotland

Scottish Government Disability Equality Scheme 2008-11: Annual Report 2010

Supporting the Development of Scotland's Alcohol and Drug Workforce

The Social Fund: a review of selected literature - Research Findings

Evaluation of the Scottish Recovery Network

Strategy For Oral Health Research In Scotland


Scottish Parliament Scottish Parliament

Skills Development Scotland
Support for Children (Kinship Care)
"Report on post-legislative scrutiny: The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003"
Age-related Macular Degeneration
Deaf Culture
Benefits Review
Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children
National Health Service Boards
Parkinson's UK
Mental Health Problems
Bedlocking (Dementia Patients)
Preventative Treatment (Glasgow City Council) 
End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Written Answers

S3W-38342 - Nanette Milne -  To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been treated for alcohol addiction in each year since 2007, broken down by NHS Board.

S3W-37990 - Jamie Hepburn - To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it provides to local authorities regarding implementing self-directed support options for individuals and direct payments for care services.

S3W-37921 - David Whitton - To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been informed of the estimated number of people on incapacity benefit or on employment support allowance who will be required to seek work under the welfare reform proposals and, if so, what the impact of this will be on the Scottish economy.

S3W-37874 - Johann Lamont - To ask the Socttish Executive whether it will discuss with the relevant bodies the implications of an Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment by Professor Malcolm Harrington for (a) support services and (b) employment services for people with mental health problems and other impairments.

S3W - 37848 - Rhona Brankin - To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to implement an integrative care approach for people with long-term conditions

S3W - 37738 - Jackie Baillie  - To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the £5 million of carer Information Strategy funding in the Scottish budget will be used to directly benefit unpaid carers and young carers.


Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture: 11th Report 2010: Stage 1 of the Autism (Scotland) Bill
Equal Opportunities: Scrutiny of the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2011-12
Finance: Preventative spending Inquiry - 1st Report 2011: Report on Preventative Spending
Health and Sport: Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill - Bill considered at Stage 2 (Day 1)
Health and Sport: Scrutiny of the Scottish Government's draft budget for 2011-12

Cross Party Groups


Cross Party Group for Cancer - 2nd February
Cross Party Group for Epilepsy - 27th January


Cross Party Group for Disability - 20th January

Motions and Amendments

S3M-07609 Jackie Bailie MSP: Coalition Attack on Disabled People

S3M-07576 Nanette Milne MSP: Asthma UK Scotland Youth Ambassadors 

S3M-07572 Ken Macintosh MSP: The Impact of the Cold Spell on Disabled Children and their Families

S3M-07523 Ken Macintosh MSP: Action for Sick Children

S3M-07508 Cathy Peattie MSP: Carers Rights Day

S3M-07506# Des McNulty MSP: St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

S3M-07505# Nanette Milne MSP: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 
UK ParliamentUK Parliament

Benefit Entitlements
Communities and Local Government

Written Answers and Statements  

Liz Kendall MP:  To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he had to discuss the Government's proposals for GP commissioning and the NHS White Paper in each month since May 2010.  

Andrew Lansley MP (Secretary of State, Health): Strategy for Cancer 

Edward Davey MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs): Default Retirement Age  

Andrew Lansley MP (Secretary of State, Health): Seasonal Influenza 

European Parliament European Parliament
2011: European Year of Volunteering 

European Year of Volunteering begins.  A campaign across Scotland is launched by Alyn Smith MEP. 

European Parliament Budget 2011

The European Parliament Budget
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