The Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security (SCoRSS) has made key recommendations for the future of disability assistance in Scotland
A fundamental review of disability assistance in Scotland must be initiated by the Scottish Government during the next parliament, according to a coalition of organisations campaigning for a long-term improvements to social security for disabled people.
Following the devolution of powers over disability and ill-health benefits to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security, has launched its long-term vision for disability assistance in Scotland.
The Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security (SCoRSS) includes the ALLIANCE, Citizens Advice Scotland, Inclusion Scotland, the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers (NAWRA), Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS), MS Society Scotland and the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA).
Amongst its recommendations, the campaign is calling for:
- a fully independent and resourced review of disability assistance accountable to and co-produced with those currently entitled and those not entitled to disability assistance
- a human rights-based approach to be taken in the development of disability assistance
- social security for disabled people that supports their right to independent living (including revising eligibility criteria and assessment processes)
- the support provided to be adequate so disability assistance takes into account the extra costs associated with an impairment if a person is to fully enjoy their right to equal participation
Commenting on the report, Professor Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive of the ALLIANCE said:
“People living with long term conditions and disabled people have the right to live independently and contribute towards society. It is therefore essential that Scotland seizes the opportunity to further realise this right by creating a visionary social security system for the future.”
“Co-producing the new system puts people with lived experience at the centre, ensures that their voices and expertise drive policy, and that their rights sit at the heart of public service design and delivery.”