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Disability Assistance for Working Age People (Transitional Provisions and Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2022: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

A child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) to consider the impacts of the Disability Assistance for Working Age People (Transitional Provisions and Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2022


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27. Based on estimates provided by the Scottish Government's Communities Analysis Division, there are around 39,000 individuals in Scotland currently in receipt of Working Age Disability Living Allowance. We estimate, based on current DWP data showing the number of individuals being invited to apply for Personal Independence payment that we will see around 100 individuals a month transferring to Adult Disability Payment a month following national launch on 29 August 2022.

28. Because young people need to apply for Personal Independence Payment when they reach 16, there should be no individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 in receipt of Disability Living Allowance. There is no data available on the number of children and young people in households with and/ or being cared for by an individual with an award of Working Age Disability Living Allowance.

29. Scotland-wide, there are higher levels of child material deprivation in households containing a disabled person, at 20% compared to households without a disabled person (at 8%). There are higher rates of food insecurity among disabled people (18%) compared to non-disabled people (5%). There is a higher likelihood of living in relative poverty after housing costs with a disabled person in the household (24% of families with a disabled person compared to 17% of families with no disabled members).

30. A further 17% of 'struggling to get by' families (unemployed or working part-time, half of which are single-parent families) have one or more children with a disability or long-term illness.[4] Child material deprivation in households containing a disabled person reaches 20% compared to 8% of households without a disabled person.

31. Data and views were sourced from:

  • Scottish Health Survey 2018;
  • Census 2011;
  • DWP Stat X-plore;
  • National Records of Scotland Population Statistics;
  • Consultation on social security in Scotland 2016
  • Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland 2019 and
  • Social Security Experience Panel Research.
  • The Disability and Carer Benefits Expert Advisory Group (DACBEAG)

Contact

Email: Mhairi.Wilson@gov.scot

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