Manifesto for a fair social security system in ScotlandType: Call to action | News
Topic: Disability rights | Human Rights | Policy and legislation
Published on: 31st March 2021
Regardless of the political composition of the next Scottish Government we want to see Scotland develop a system of social security for disabled people that better reflects the social and human rights models of disability, which are participatory, enabling and fit for a modern day Scotland.
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 ScoRSS manifesto sets out 5 principles of change:
- Increase social security payment rates to a level where no one is left in poverty and all have sufficient income to lead a dignified life
- Make respect for human rights and dignity the cornerstone of UK and Scottish social security
- Radically simplify social security to ensure it is easy to access and that barriers to entitlement are removed
- Invest in the support needed to enable everyone to participate fully in society
- Make social security work for Scotland
Emma Walker, Director of Camphill Scotland said:
Many of the people with learning disabilities and other support needs, whom our members support, have had an uphill fight to secure the same freedoms that other citizens enjoy when it comes to choosing where and how they live. “Independent living” has taken on a narrow focus and living as part of a community with a meaningful job has to be fought for, it’s not seen as the norm and doesn’t fit neatly with the current assessment models.
The SCoRSS manifesto sets out how Scotland could develop a social security system that actively seeks to provide the practical assistance and support disabled people require in order to have a fulfilling work life, home life and cultural life.
How you can support the manifesto
In the lead up to the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections, please email your MSP and ask them to commit to this transformative, world-leading, long-term vision for disability assistance in their 2021 Scottish Parliament election manifesto.