Our response recommends replacing the "20 metre rule" with 50 metres, removing the "50% rule", and a full review of disability assistance.
The ALLIANCE have submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Adult Disability Payment (ADP) Regulations, informed by input from our members. Scheduled to be implemented next year, the ADP will replace the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in Scotland.
Although the ALLIANCE understand the safe and secure transition approach is intended to ensure continued access to essential assistance, in the near future we recommend a move to a rights based approach, built around the social model of disability.
We therefore call on the Scottish Government to commission a full review of all disability assistance, not just the ADP. This should be with a view to meeting the six principles of the Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security report, as laid out in our manifesto for the upcoming Scottish Parliament election:
- Has a clear purpose
- Is human rights based
- Supports equal participation in society and independent living
- Is adequate
- Provides whole-of-life support
- Interacts well with future social security developments and is well connected to other services.
In addition, we are concerned that the regulations propose to continue with the 20 metre and 50% rules. Along with many other stakeholders, the ALLIANCE have repeatedly raised concerns that these rules are not a meaningful measure of an individual’s need for support.
Data from MS Society Scotland indicates that one third of people with Multiple Sclerosis had their support downgraded following the introduction of the 20 metre rule for PIP, and we echo their calls to increase this to 50 metres as an interim measure.
The full response is available below.