Camphill Scotland joins call for fair social security systemType: News
Topic: Disability rights | Policy and legislation
Community: Blair Drummond
Published on: 2nd March 2021
Camphill Scotland has joined a coalition of organisations working across Scotland who are united in a belief in a social security system that prevents poverty and supports those in need whilst also protecting their dignity.
The Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security – SCoRSS – are working on a manifesto on the design and delivery of a new social security system in Scotland for devolved benefits, which we are glad to support.
As part of the transition of devolved benefits from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government is already working on a number of changes to disability assistance and encouragingly these include a system based on the principles of dignity, fairness and respect.
If these principles are to be fully implemented, to ensure that support for disabled people reduces poverty and inequality, treats people with dignity and supports everyone to flourish, SCoRSS believes that the Scottish government must address some flaws which are inherent in the system that they will soon inherit.
A human rights, whole person focus
SCoRSS members consider it crucial that the Scottish social security system is rooted in equality and human rights, including the right to social security.
In particular, a rights based system of disability assistance should focus on removing the barriers to people’s rights to equal participation in society and independent living. This should replace the current medical and needs-based models that are predominantly focused on ‘impairments’ and what people are unable to do.
The manifesto also notes that disabled people should, if they wish, be able to live independently in the community, with choices equal to other citizens. These values are inherent within the Camphill ethos.
Nigel Munt, who works at Camphill Blair Drummond, told us:
The aims of the SCoRSS manifesto are so important for all of us. Many people will need to rely on social security at some point in their lives. When people are valued and respected, there is a more equal, healthier and happier society, enabling people to grow and develop.
It is essential that an acceptable rate for disability assistance is calculated, to ensure people living with disabilities can be as independent as possible, have dignity and respect and lead a meaningful life with a sense of purpose.
The principle that social security is an investment in people will benefit everyone, leading to a more equal society where all of us will be enabled to have happier and healthier lives and therefore allowing communities to develop.
We all need to feel safe and secure to be effective and capable members of society.