Social Security Scotland to deliver disability assessments

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 26th September 2018

Assessments for disability support will be carried out by Scotland's new social security agency.

In order to determine eligibility for the new disability assistance, the Scottish Social Security Agency itself will carry out eligibility assessments, rather than contracting with private organisations.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, announced:

  • People will be invited to assessments will be held “at a time and place” which suits them.
  • Assessments will take place in someone’s home where this is required.
  • Audio recordings will be made of all assessments to ensure transparency of approach and decision making.
  • Tribunals will be able to call on the audio recordings as evidence.

The Cabinet Secretary said: “It is clear to me that the new agency is best placed to provide a flexible, person centred assessment service, fully supported by public sector healthcare professionals. This decision has been taken following an extensive period of research, analysis and consultation with key stakeholders.”

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