Child Disability Payment Amendment Regulations: draft island communities impact assessment

The Islands Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) considers the Disability Assistance For Children And Young People (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 in relation to their impacts on people living in the Islands under Section 8 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018.

Executive Summary

5. This ICIA has considered the potential effects of the Disability Assistance for Children and Young People (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 and how they impact on people living in island communities, presented below in the Key findings section. The findings here are based on desk research, engagement with and feedback from disabled people with lived experience of the current social security system[3], and the Consultation on Disability Assistance.[4] This ran between 5 March and 28 May 2019 and received 263 replies, of which 74 were from stakeholder organisations and 189 were from individuals.

6. This in turn led to targeted consultation with stakeholders representing people with protected characteristics which was undertaken during the consultation period in 2019, including disabled people from island and remote communities.

7. We are extending the ICIA by considering rurality and remoteness in the same spirit of the Act to gauge evidence at to whether the policy and regulations will impact rural/remote communities differently to other communities.

8. We have concluded that there will not be any new unique impacts on remote and islands communities as a result of the provisions in these Amendment Regulations, nor will there be a specific financial impact for island communities in isolation resulting from the provisions. Positive impacts on disabled children and young people identified are expected to have a similar impact on remote and island communities as the rest of Scotland.



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