The ALLIANCE responds to the Scottish Government's consultation on the provision of advocacy in the social security system.
The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 outlined a duty on Scottish Government to provide independent advocacy for disabled people in relation to the newly devolved Scottish social security entitlements (including Disability Assistance for Working Age People).
To support the delivery of these services, the Scottish Government has recently consulted on new advocacy service standards. Replying to the standards the ALLIANCE highlighted:
- Our concern that encouraging people to self define as disabled could present a significant barrier to engagement with independent advocacy.
- The need for reference to be made to children and young people in the standards.
- There is an important role to play of indicators of success (or otherwise) in the continuous improvement that is being built into the new social security Agency and system in Scotland.