Date lodged: 30 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that benefit claimants in Scotland with mental health issues will be fully supported.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 7 December 2016
The Scottish Government will introduce a Scottish social security system that respects the dignity of the individual and their fundamental human right to be treated fairly. This means ensuring that the system is genuinely accessible to people with mental health issues by providing them with the information they need and developing processes to ensure that they are based on evidence and best practice. In addition we are committed to ensuring we will have a transparent and accessible appeals process and that information is in an accessible format for those who have special needs.
To support us in these aims, we will set up an independent Disability and Carers’ Benefits Expert Advisory Group, that we plan to establish in the New Year to provide recommendations and guidance on how often assessments should be, what conditions should be given an automatic or lifetime awards, and on eligibility criteria.