Scottish social security system must be respectful Equality Chief says
Punishing people for a lack of jobs, or for discrimination in the labour market against disabled people or young carers, simply doesn’t work the Scottish Equality Commissioner has said today.
The call comes as the Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes a report into dignity and respect in the Scottish social security system .
The research, commissioned by the EHRC and conducted by Ulster University, looks at comparable systems across Europe to identify how other countries have met their international human rights obligations in the design of their own systems. Professor Lesley Sawers, the EHRC Scotland Commissioner said:
“The reality in Scotland today is that most people living in poverty are in work or actively seeking it. Punishing people for a lack of jobs, or for discrimination in the labour market against disabled people or young carers, simply doesn’t work. We need to create a system which is more attuned to the realities of life in Scotland today. We welcome the Governments’ commitment to put the dignity of claimants at the heart of the new system. Today’s research sets out how we might measure if this has been achieved in five years’ time”.