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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07682: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether its new social security system will ensure that claimants with (a) speech and (b) hearing problems have greater flexibility in the format of assessment for applying for disability benefits.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 14 March 2017

Yes we are committed to ensuring that Scotland’s social security is designed with and around the people who use it and that it is accessible to everyone, including those with different speech and hearing requirements. To achieve this we are continuing our extensive collaboration with people and organisations to develop an inclusive system that has dignity and respect at its core. I recently launched the social security experience panels. This is an ambitious programme that will see us work in formal partnership with at least 2000 individuals who have direct experience of the current system to design, build and refine a new and better model.