Date lodged: 1 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the UK Government introduced emergency legislation to prevent the expansion of personal independence payments to 160,000 claimants, and how it will ensure that there is a fair assessment process once responsibility for this benefit is devolved.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 9 March 2017
I am very concerned about the impact on people’s lives that will result from the recently announced amendments being made to the Personal Independence Payment regulations by the UK Government. I have already written to the UK Minister responsible for this policy, expressing both this Government's opposition and the strength of feeling in Scotland about the number of people who will be affected, and calling on the UK Government to reconsider these changes.
For our part, we are committed to embedding dignity and respect in every aspect of Scotland’s approach to delivering social security. We will do this by involving those with direct experience of the current benefits system in the design of our new processes - through our Experience Panels – and by drawing on expertise through groups such as the Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group, chaired by Dr Jim McCormick, current Associate Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.