Social Security Bill – update on Camphill amendmentsType: News
Topic: Policy and legislation
Published on: 12th January 2018
The Scottish Government has introduced the Social Security Bill in the Scottish Parliament. The legislation is designed to establish a social security system for Scotland in relation to the recently devolved social security benefits, and to the devolved aspects of social security benefits reserved to the UK Parliament.
Camphill Scotland is working with a wide range of partner organisations* to secure improvements to the legislation. We are seeking to progress amendments to the legislation that will improve outcomes for people with learning disabilities, and for other vulnerable groups in need of assistance under the legislation.
Top ten amendments proposed to the Social Security Bill
The amendments proposed by Camphill Scotland and partners include amendments designed to
- Strengthen the accountability of the Scottish Ministers, and the new Scottish Social Security Agency, in relation to social security matters
- Establish an independent Social Security Advisory committee to advise the government on social security issues
- Ensure that the legislation is reviewed
- Provide that independent advocacy support is available for those who require it
- Put in place feedback mechanisms for those requiring assistance under the legislation
- Ensure the Scottish social security principles include a commitment to reduce disability poverty
- Strengthen the social security charter and
- Ensure that the Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Social Security Agency have due regard to the need to use inclusive communication standards in communicating with those who require assistance under the legislation
- Strengthen the scrutiny of the rules and regulations which will be introduced through the Social Security legislation
- Ensure there is recognition that an individual will always have the choice of whether or not to receive assistance in a form other than cash and that the provision of cash will be the default
To find out more email Robert McGeachy, Policy and Engagement Manager or call him on: 07825 149 005
* We are working in partnership with the following organisations: Inclusion Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, One Parent Families Scotland and Disability Agenda Scotland
Camphill Scotland and our partners have been involved in a range of meetings to discuss these amendments and related issues with key policy makers including Jeanne Freeman MSP, the Minister for Social Security, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Alison Johnstone MSP, Pauline McNeil MSP, Mark Griffin MSP and Jeremy Balfour MSP.
Further updates will be provided about progress on the amendments after Stage 2 of the Bill commences on 25 January