Date lodged: 14 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the comments in its disability assistance qualifying periods policy position paper, what evidence it received that demonstrated that changing the qualifying periods for disability assistance would cause the people entitled to disability assistance to have "confusion and disruption"; who provided this advice, and whether it will publish it.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 20 March 2019
As stated in the policy position paper, where clients receive passported benefits up to six months later than when they started to be paid Disability Assistance, we believe this would result in confusion and disruption to clients.
We will use the feedback from the consultation to inform our drafting of regulations for all forms of Disability Assistance, including qualifying periods.