Disability Assistance (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2023: island communities impact assessment

This island communities impact assessment (ICIA) considers the potential impact of the Disability Assistance (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2023 on people living in the Islands under Section 8 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018.

Monitoring and Review

54. The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to report annually to the Scottish Parliament on the performance of the Scottish social security system during the previous financial year. The report is to describe what the Scottish Ministers have done in that year to meet the expectations on them set out in the charter and will include information on the impact of island-proofing.

55. We will continue to engage with relevant stakeholders and key organisations which will provide the Scottish Government with an opportunity to monitor the impact of the policy. These amendments were shared with SCoSS for scrutiny in February 2023.

56. The Scottish Ministers have also committed to engaging with, and reporting regular progress to, the Islands Strategic Group to ensure that those representing the interests of island communities and others with experience of the current system, are fairly represented in the development and delivery of the Scottish social security system.

57. The Communities Analysis Division within the Scottish Government will also run a comprehensive evaluation programme to consider the impact of the changes to disability assistance in Scotland including considering the transition for those moving from Child Disability Payment to Adult Disability Payment which we have further improved by these amendments.


Email: Jennifer.Robertson@gov.scot

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