Person centred decision making should be the future of social security

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 28th May 2019
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ALLIANCE responds to consultation on the new Disability Assistance which is due to replace Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

As part of the process of devolving some elements of the social security system to their control, the Scottish Government has been consulting on its approach to delivering disability entitlements.

Since their introduction as a replacement for Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments have been marred in controversy. During our consultation with members, many people expressed concern about the nature of face to face assessments for PIP and how they have been carried out, as well as the underlying points based system.

The Scottish Government aims to introduce three new entitlements which they say will reduce face to face assessments and further integrate the process of professionals working together to find supporting evidence.

In formulating our response (this link will take you away from our website), the ALLIANCE held two member sessions with the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, as well as hosting a consultation event for individual members which was addressed by civil servants. Our response calls for:

  • The removal of the “20 meter rule” which says you don’t need higher level mobility support if you can walk further than 20 meters
  • Longer timescales for individuals to request redeterminations
  • Extension of the Disability Assistance for Children and Young People to 21, rather than 18 as is proposed by the Scottish Government
  • The removal of future “reviews” in circumstances where an individual’s condition will not change
  • Clarity over when face to face assessments are required and home assessments can be requested.
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