Evidence submitted to Social Security CommitteeType: Consultations | Publications
Topic: Disability rights | Policy and legislation
Camphill Scotland has submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee for its Stage 1 consideration of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill. This legislation will introduce a social security system for Scotland in relation to social security benefits recently devolved to the Scottish Parliament, and to the devolved aspects of reserved social security benefits.
Amendments to Improve Legislation
Camphill Scotland’s evidence highlights a number of amendments we have drafted to help improve the legislation, and which we will be progressing with other organisations. These include amendments which would
- Ensure people requiring assistance under the legislation can access independent advocacy services if they request it to support them at all stages of the determination of their entitlement to assistance
- Strengthen compliance with the Scottish social security principles introduced under the legislation
- Require the Scottish ministers to make arrangements for an independent review of the legislation
- Place the new Scottish social security agency on a statutory footing
Working in Partnership
Camphill Scotland will be working with our partners to place duties under the legislation on the Scottish Ministers to establish a Scottish social security advisory committee, and to provide feedback mechanisms for those receiving assistance under the legislation.
Contact our Policy & Engagement Manger, Robert McGeachy