Date lodged: 13 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether the working assumption of its Social Security Directorate is for disability benefit rules and structures to remain broadly the same as those stipulated under disability living allowance, attendance allowance and personal independence payment.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 8 January 2019
The Scottish Government remains committed to creating a system of disability assistance that works for the people of Scotland. We have previously outlined a number of ways by which we will achieve this, including: an accessible and transparent application process; responsibility for sourcing supporting information sitting with Social Security Scotland, rather than the individual; significantly reducing the volume of face to face assessments; delivering an assessment service that offers individuals choice and control. Further development of disability assistance will be taken forward in consultation including Experience Panel feedback. It will ensure the safe and secure transition of payments and do so in a manner consistent with our ethos of treating people with fairness, dignity and respect.