Our response to the social security (Scotland) bill amendment
18 December 2017
By Ashleigh de Verteuil
We want the process of applying for benefits in Scotland to be easier, and for the system to serve the people it’s supposed to help.
That is why we felt optimistic about the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, introduced in June this year.
The Bill means certain benefits, including Personal Independent Payment (PIP), will be changing in Scotland.
There are many aspects of PIP that don’t work for disabled people.
We’re supporting Disability Agenda Scotland and Camphill Scotland’s proposed changes to the Bill, which will:
- make it a requirement for the Scottish government to reduce the number of disabled people living in poverty.
- require Scottish Ministers to report on how assistance provided through the Bill has reduced the number of disabled people living in poverty.
- make it a requirement for the new social security system to be independently evaluated after three years.
These changes are vital in ensuring that the new system is fit to serve the people who rely on it.
By creating a specific commitment to reduce the amount of disabled people who are living in poverty, the Scottish government can create real change for disabled people.
These changes provide a fresh opportunity for the Scottish government to improve the entire process, from how individuals make an initial claim to how they receive support.
We will continue to monitor the progress of the Bill very closely.
Ashleigh is a policy and research officer for Leonard Cheshire Disability.