NAWRA has submitted a detailed response to the recent consultation on ‘Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland’.
In time Disability Assistance will replace Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance as per devolved powers covered in Section 31 of Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018.
The points covered in our submission include:
It is welcomed from Scottish Government that Disability Assistance will be paid to aged 18 but we would extend this further for children and extend to aged 19 or end of non-advanced education, especially if already in payment through PIP
50 metre test for mobility
Minimum assessments and only when required and should always be people centered
Introduction of safeguarding
Increase in independent advice provision as in accordance with our social security bill and charter
Our NAWRA rep in Scotland, Craig Samuel, said:
“At NAWRA we welcome a more inclusive and generous approach by Scottish Government and, in line with our charter, an increase in advice provision and kindness. But we still have a lot of hurdles to overcome before we can relax.
We must get payments made as quickly as possible to ensure we give the best opportunity of success to people living in Scotland; to reduce poverty levels, reduce isolation and reduce adverse childhood experiences.
We must also keep open all our channels of dialogue especially when we are relying on a safe and secure transfer from London. On behalf of NAWRA, I look forward to participating in future developments and hearing from our Cabinet Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville as our key note speaker on 13th September when we have our annual Scottish conference in Edinburgh.”
Amber Rudd and Neil Couling have told the Work and Pensions Committee that the DWP will pay compensation to claimants who have been misadvised, by the DWP, to claim universal credit and have lost out as a result.
Giving evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee, Amber Rudd and Neil Couling were questioned about the evidence that Jobcentres were misadvising claimants to move on to universal credit. This was as a direct result of evidence provided by NAWRA in our written response and in our oral evidence.
You can watch the evidence being put to Ms Rudd and Mr Couling, and their responses, here.
NAWRA would like to pay tribute to Mike Shermer, former committee member for the East of England region, who passed away peacefully on 17 May 2018, aged 74 years.
Mike was one of the original members of the NAWRA committee and demonstrated a commitment to the organisation throughout his time with us. Mike was a dedicated welfare rights adviser with Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and had also served as a Town Councillor for March in the Isle of Ely area of Cambridgeshire. Following his retirement, Mike still kept in touch with welfare rights matters and he is sadly missed by all of us at NAWRA.
NAWRA would like to pass on condolences to Mike’s wife, Jeanette, and to all the Shermer family.