Caithness Care Forum

September, 2009...

Dear Members, I hope you're all well. Despite the summer break, its been quite busy here in the SDEF offices. We have lots of consultations on the go and we're also starting to think about our Manifesto for the 2011 Scottish elections. As always, we're very keen to know what your thoughts are. In particular we'd really like to visit your organisation or panel to hear what your priorities are and discuss proposed law and government policy. This is particularly important when we're drafting the manifesto because we'd like it to be a true representation of what our members think and what they want from the next Scottish Government. So if you're having a meeting in the next few months and think you could fit Liz or I onto the agenda for as little as half an hour then please let us know and we'll try our best to come along. We're happy to discuss any of the consultations below or talk about what you think should go into the SDEF Manifesto for 2011.

Below is a list of some of the issues we're consulting on. All of these consultations can be found on our website. Further, if you know of an issue or consultation that you think SDEF should be involved in then please let us know. E-mails, phone calls, faxes and letters are always very welcome.

Thanks very much and I hope to hear from you (and see you!) soon.

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  • The SDEF Manifesto

    At the moment Scottish political parties are starting to get their election manifestos together for 2011. We want to write our own SDEF manifesto to influence them so we are putting together a list of things we want to see from the next Scottish Government.
  • The Right to Control

    A UK Government proposal to 'enable disabled people aged 18 or over to have greater choice and control over the way certain services are provided'. This includes allowing disabled people to access certain support and services as a single individual budget. Services that might be included in a single budget include: support to access education and training, support to live independently, support with personal care, adaptations to the home or work place.
  • The Draft Housing Bill

    The Scottish Government wants to tackle the shortage of houses available from councils and Housing Associations in Scotland. For this reason they have suggested limitations to the Right to Buy
  • Private Sector Housing

    The Draft Housing Bill mainly deals with issues relating to social housing (ie. housing provided by local authorities or councils). However, the Scottish Government is now considering expanding the scope of the draft law so that it will also deal with private rented housing. This is an overview of some of the changes it is considering making in relation to the private rented sector.
  • Specific Equality Duties

    The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published a proposed new set of specific duties for public authorities, as part of a new Public Sector Equality Duty to be introduced under the Equality Bill.
  • Fire and Rescue Service Framework

    The Scottish Government is consulting on a document setting out priorities and objectives for Scotland's Fire and Rescue Authorities.


the SDEF Manifesto ideas document here

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Caithness Community Care Forum
Telford House
Williamson Street

Telephone: 01955 609962
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What is a Community Care Forum?

This forum is made up of people who use community care services, their carers and people who are regularly in touch with users and carers, e.g. representatives of relevant voluntary & statutory organisations. By carers, we mean people who look after a friend, relative or neighbour (not as a paid job) due to illness, age or disability.


  • Samaritans


    The Samaritans is known as 'the suicide charity'. In fact, you don't have to be suicidal to call the Samaritans. What Samaritans actually does is to provide a confidential and non-threatening environment, available 24/7, where those who are worried, distressed or despairing, or experiencing feelings, which may lead to self-harm, or suicide.

    Telephone: 08457 90 90 90

  • Caithness & Sutherland Woman's Aid

    Woman's Aid

    A charity giving information, support and temporary accommodation for Women, Children and Young People who have experienced Domestic Abuse.

    Telephone: 0845 4080151

  • Society & Culture

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