MSPs confirm support for Transitions to Adulthood BillType: News
Topic: Disability rights | Policy and legislation | Transitions
Published on: 9th December 2021
A total of 59 MSPs from all of the political parties currently represented in the Scottish Parliament have confirmed their support for Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP to introduce the Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood)(Scotland) Bill. This Bill was previously introduced in Session 5 of the Scottish Parliament by Johann Lamont MSP, but fell when insufficient time was available for the Scottish Parliament to complete all of the Bill’s stages before the Scottish Parliamentary elections.
Strong cross party support
Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP was required to secure support by 8 December 2021 from at least 18 MSPs from two of the parties represented in the Scottish Parliament to secure the right to introduce the Bill.
The strong cross-party support from 59 MSPs means that Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP has now secured the right to introduce the Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood)(Scotland) Bill.
Emma Walker, Camphill Scotland’s Director, said:
This is a huge step and we are delighted with the support from MSPs from across all parties.
Young disabled people across Scotland deserve a positive transition into adulthood, opportunities to access work and further education, and a legal right to support when needed.
Now that Pam has secured the introduction of this Bill to parliament we are hopeful that families in the not-so-distant future will no longer have to fight for their child’s access to these rights.
Young disabled people held back for too long
Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP said:
I am so proud that the bill secured support from MSPs representing every party in the Scottish Parliament, and I look forward to continuing to work cross party, and with Camphill Scotland, and Inclusion Scotland and others, to ensure that parliament delivers the changes that disabled children and young people need to see.
The measures that this bill outlines are vital to address the challenges that young disabled people too often face when they leave school. Young disabled people are twice as likely to be not in education, employment or training when they leave school than non-disabled people, and the disability employment gap is 32%. It is crystal clear that we need to do far more to give young disabled people a fighting chance at future than we are right now.
I know how hard my own transition experience was, my family were forced to become project managers in our own lives, and I know that too many young disabled people still face that reality today.
Young disabled people have been held back for far too long. That’s why this Bill is so important, and I hope we get it through parliament and ensure the support that young disabled people so desperately need.
Further information on the Transitions Bill
The Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood)(Scotland) Bill progressed by Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP, with support from Camphill Scotland and Inclusion Scotland, will give a right to a statutory Transitions Plan to every disabled child or young person. Support with transitions would then remain in place until no longer needed, or the young person’s 26th birthday. The Bill would also require the Scottish Government to introduce a statutory national transitions strategy to improve outcomes for disabled children and young people in the transition to adulthood, and require the Scottish Government to appoint a Minister with special responsibility for transitions.