A consultation has launched about a new social security benefit which will replace the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The Scottish Government want to hear from people with lived experience of accessing disability related social security benefits, as well as the people and organisations supporting them to do so. Compared to the existing PIP benefit, the Scottish Government have stated their aim is for the Adult Disability Payment is:
“… to be person centred, taking into account the specific needs of each client. This should bring about a marked improvement in the experience of disabled people in interacting with the social security system.”
As part of achieving that aim, the proposed regulations suggest a substantial reduction in the frequency and detail of assessments. Instead, greater use will be made of existing supporting information, for example from GPs or other services an individual accesses. If implemented, this approach could significantly reduce the distress caused to disabled people applying for vital social security support, and offer greater protection for individual dignity and human rights.
More responsibilities related to social security are gradually being taken on by the Scottish Parliament and Government. In addition to the Adult Disability Payment, they are intending on introducing the Child Disability Payment next year (2021), with a pilot in summer and full rollout in the autumn. The Adult Disability Payment is currently scheduled to be piloted in spring 2022, and rolled out nationwide in summer 2022.
The ALLIANCE and our members have been actively contributing to developing a new approach to disability benefits in Scotland, by hosting and taking part in engagement sessions with the Scottish Government and Social Security Scotland. This has helped to ensure that the voices of those with lived experience are central to this process.
You can respond to the consultation, and find out more information, on the Scottish Government website. (this link will take you away from our website) The consultation is open until the 15th of March 2021.