Vulnerable Scots will not receive new benefits under the “compassionate” social security system
Vulnerable Scots will not receive new benefits under the “compassionate” social security system

Vulnerable Scots will not receive new benefits under the “compassionate” social security system

Disabled people with the most serious lifelong health conditions do not have to undergo stressful reviews to retain a new benefit.

Vulnerable Scots will be eligible for an “indefinite price” below Adult disability payment (ADP), which will be tested this month.

The ADP will replace the British government Personal independence payment (PIP) after the decentralization of parts of the social security system.

Disabled people of working age, people with a long-term health condition and people with a fatal disease will be able to apply.

Long-term premiums are granted to PIP creditors in some circumstances, but they can be revised.

Under the ADP, people with disabilities at the highest level of the new benefit, and whose needs are highly unlikely to change, will not be subject to review. People with cerebral palsy, dementia and cystic fibrosis may be among those eligible.

Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said: “The introduction of indefinite prices, as part of the ADP, underlines our commitment to living up to the principles of Scotland’s social security system to treat people with dignity, justice and respect.

“By making this decision, we have engaged with a wide range of people with lived experience of the current system and will continue to listen while designing and building a social security system that works for the disabled.

“We want to ensure that people at the highest levels of Adult Disability Payments receive long-term and adequate support, because people with lifelong conditions or disabilities that result in needs that are highly unlikely to change should not be subject to unnecessary reviews when it comes to are reasonably expected that their situation will not change.

“During the UK Government’s personal independence payment, similar rates have generally been reviewed between every two and ten years. But people with disabilities tell us that even 10-year review periods can create stress and anxiety.

“That’s why we’ve decided to impose indefinite prices – we’re determined to do things differently and build a more compassionate system in Scotland.”

Moira Tasker, Chief Officer of Inclusion Scotland, said: “Inclusion Scotland warmly welcomes the announcement that there will be indefinite allocations of adult disability benefits. We are pleased that the Minister has acted on the views expressed by people with disabilities and adopted this measure.

“It will come as a huge relief to people with disabilities with high, permanent levels of disability, who faced ongoing reassessments under the flawed DWP, Personal Independent Payment System.

“Indefinite prices will also provide some security and safety to those who receive them.”

Morna Simpkins, Director of MS Society Scotland, added: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has listened to the views of MS Society and MS Society Scotland and will reintroduce indefinite prices.

“MS is relentless, painful and disabling. Indeterminate prices will give some people living with progressive long-term conditions, such as MS, the security of knowing they will not get their prices downgraded or income cut.”

Labor MSP Pam Duncan-Glancy said: “This is a welcome announcement and I look forward to hearing more details in the coming weeks from the Scottish Government.

“Indefinite prices already exist under DWP and in the PIP system – but they work in a limited way and remain subject to review in the long term.

“When the system moves over to Scotland, there is an opportunity to do things differently and remove those restrictions. Unfortunately, the Scottish Government has failed to meet the mark and does so when it comes to eligibility criteria, but I continue to urge it to do what it can to improve the functioning of the system.

“The Scottish Government should now examine the removal of the 10-year review period and also share its commitment to maintaining these rates for the adult disability mobility rate as well as the daily rate as well as to extend the eligibility of lifetime rates to ensure “that everyone with a regressive state does not have to carry unnecessary additional worries about their finances.”

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