Skip to main content

Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03314: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will categorise xeroderma pigmentosum as a genetic DNA repair disorder, as opposed to a skin condition, to enable people with the condition to claim middle rate Disability Living Allowance.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 November 2016

While we will have powers over disability benefits in the future, the Scottish Government does not yet have the power to amend the qualifying criteria for Disability Living Allowance. We are consulting on our approach to Social Security in Scotland. However, until the necessary legislation and delivery mechanisms are in place, the UK Government will continue to set the qualifying criteria for disability benefits.