Response to the new social security bill in Scotland

21 June 2017

In response to the new social security bill in Scotland, Leonard Cheshire Disability director — Scotland, Stuart Robertson, said:

‘Our charity helps disabled people across Scotland on a daily basis, and we welcome a bill that will allow disabled people to really get the support they need to move in and out of work, as they manage their condition or disability. 

‘As they develop this new legislation, we hope that the Scottish government will recognise all the extra costs disabled people face. For many, payments such as PIP are a lifeline, as their condition can prevent them from being able to use buses and trains. This means they have to rely on taxis or cars to travel. 

‘We continue to call for a more accurate and fairer assessment of disabled people’s suitability for employment, and one which looks at all the barriers to work different individuals face.

‘We look forward to working alongside the Scottish government, disabled people and their representatives going forward to ensure disabled people’s needs remain on the radar.’

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