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.


58. Scottish Ministers are aware of the duty to consult island communities before making a material change to any policy, strategy or service which, in the Scottish Ministers' opinion, is likely to have an effect on an island community which is significantly different from its effect on other communities.

59. This impact assessment has highlighted that living in island and remote communities present unique challenges for disabled people.

60. We have not identified any evidence that the introduction of these amendment regulations will directly or indirectly discriminate against remote and island communities.

61. The introduction of these amendments is expected to have a positive impact on disabled people across Scotland, particularly on those young people moving from Child Disability Payment to Adult Disability Payment, by making this transition as smooth as possible.

62. The Scottish Government is committed to designing the devolved social security system with people in Scotland, and on-going engagement with disabled people, external stakeholders and advisory groups will ensure that the impact of the regulations remain under continuous review.


Email: Jennifer.Robertson@gov.scot

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