Supporting Disabilities

At the SNP we believe everyone has a part to play in building the Scotland we all aspire to. One in five of the population has some form of disability, whether it is immediately visible or not.

Morag Fulton
Morag Fulton

Morag is our Disability and Equalities Officer . Morag is restricted to a wheelchair for much of her time but doesn’t let that stop her, and she is one of the branch’s most active members.

Morag stood for election in the Stirling Council elections in 2017 and was narrowly beaten but in a landmark year of proving that having a disability need be no barrier she made her maiden speech at conference and was elected Chair of the National SNP Disabilities Group.

Disabled Members Drop in Sessions

Each month, we run a disabilities drop-in session and we invite all disabled members from the City of Stirling, and surrounding branches to come along and pop in for a chat about issues affecting you. It might be to get actual help with accessing benefits or changes to the welfare systems, discuss issues that affect you, or just to have a friendly chat with others who “get it”.
Events like this allow the SNP to formulate policy to help all those with disabilities, visible and invisible.

We meet at the Burgh Coffee House at 18:00 on the first Thursday of the month all year round.

Scottish Government Disabilities News

We will share any news in the Disabilities arena here.

Disabilities Adviser Appointed

On Thursday, it was announced that a disability adviser had been appointed to the Scottish Government’s expert panel on dealing with disposable items such as single-use cups and plastic straws. Kate Sang, Professor of Gender and Employment Studies and Disability Co-ordinator at Heriot Watt University, will advise the panel on equalities issues and lived experience, and on the potential implications for disabled people of the group’s proposals. The panel has been formed to consider environmental charging and other measures that could be introduced in Scotland to tackle our throwaway culture. Professor Sang will bring expertise in equalities issues and lived experience to help shape policy and provide advice on the implications for disabled people of the group’s proposals.

Commenting, Roseanna Cunningham said: “I would like to warmly welcome Professor Sang to the role. Her expertise will be vital in shaping our policy and creating environmentally-friendly ways to encourage long-term, sustainable changes in consumer and producer behaviour in Scotland. Professor Sang will advise the panel on issues that will or could have an impact on disabled people. One such issue is how we identify ways to reduce plastic waste such as single-use plastic straws, whilst ensuring that people who depend upon them are not disadvantaged. Professor Sang’s expertise and experience will be invaluable.”

Press Release

Scottish Government Consultations

We will try to keep this list regularly updated on all current Scottish Government Consultations in the Disabilities and Equalities space. If you think there is something we should be listing here that we have missed, drop the comms team a line, link on the About page.