Publication - Consultation paper

Disability assistance in Scotland: consultation

Published: 5 Mar 2019

Seeks views on our proposed approach to delivery of devolved disability assistance in Scotland.

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Disability assistance in Scotland: consultation
9. Section 5 - Disability Assistance in Scotland Consultation Questions

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9. Section 5 - Disability Assistance in Scotland Consultation Questions

Question 1. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to name Disability Assistance for clients aged 0-18 years old Disability Assistance for Children and Young People (DACYP)?

Question 2. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 3. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to name Disability Assistance for clients aged 16 years old to state pension age Disability Assistance for Working-Age People (DAWAP)?

Question 4. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 5. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to name Disability Assistance for clients who are state pension age or older Disability Assistance for Older People (DAOP)?

Question 6. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 7. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to enable multiple application channels for Disability Assistance?

Question 8. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 9. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to broadly replicate the current temporary absence rules?

Question 10. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Question 11. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to implement a person-centred approach to making decisions about entitlement for Disability Assistance?

Question 12. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Question 13. Do you agree or disagree with our proposed approach to the involvement of Specialist Advisors in Decision Making?

Question 14. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 15. What factors should Case Managers take into account in deciding when a Specialist Advisor should be involved?

Question 16. Do you agree or disagree that the decision making process for Disability Assistance for Children and Young People, and for Older People should use existing supporting information and not through face-to-face assessments?

Question 17. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 18. What types of supporting information would be relevant in assessing an application for Disability Assistance eg. social work report, medical report?

Question 19. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to have no set award durations but to set an award review date when a decision on a Disability Assistance application is made?

Question 20. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 21. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to set an award review date 5-10 years in the future for a person with a condition unlikely to change

Question 22. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 23. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal that a change of circumstances should be defined as a change which has an impact on the level of assistance a person receives?

Question 24. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 25. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal that clients have 31 days to request a redetermination?

Question 26. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 27. We have proposed that Social Security Scotland have a period of between 40 and 60 days to consider a redetermination of Disability Assistance? Do you agree or disagree with this proposal?

Question 28. If you disagreed, please explain why.

Question 29. Do you agree or disagree that STA should not be paid to people who are not living or present in Scotland?

Question 30. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 31. Do you agree or disagree that STA should not be recoverable except where it is later established that the principal assistance type was claimed fraudulently when STA was awarded?

Question 32. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 33. Do you agree or disagree that STA should not be available where an investigation by Social Security Scotland has determined that the original payment was claimed fraudulently?

Question 34. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 35. Do you agree or disagree that any deductions being made from an on-going assistance type to service an overpayment liability should also be applied to STA?

Question 36. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 37. Do you agree or disagree that for successful process decision appeals where the tribunal has overturned Social Security Scotland's decision, STA should become available at the point the decision is overturned rather than the date of the original request?

Question 38. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 39. Do you agree or disagree with the proposed approach that, generally, where there is a break in a client's eligibility to receive the benefit, eg. due to being in residential care, they will cease to receive the benefit?

Question 40. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 41. Please outline any comments or experience you would like to share with us about overpayment recovery and the current DWP approach to deductions?

Question 42. Do you agree or disagree with our proposal to provide entitlement to Disability Assistance for Children and Young People to clients aged 0-18 years?

Question 43. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 44. Do you agree or disagree with our proposal to extending eligibility, for those in receipt of Disability Assistance for Children and Young People before the age of 16, to age 18?

Question 45. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 46. Do you agree or disagree with our approach to the eligibility rules for the different components of Disability Assistance for Children and Young People?

Question 47. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 48. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to make a £200 Winter Heating Assistance payment to families in receipt of the highest rate care component of Disability Assistance for Children and Young People?

Question 49. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 50. Do you agree or disagree with our proposal to use a points based system to assess eligibility in relation to Disability Assistance for Working-Age People?

Question 51. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 52. Do you have any suggestions about the most appropriate way to assess eligibility in relation to mobility for Disability Assistance for Working-Age People?

Question 53. Do you have any comments on the full list of descriptors (provided at page 36) currently used to assess claims for Personal Independence Payments?

Question 54. What types of observations, as part of a face to face assessment, do you believe are inappropriate?

Question 55. In relation to assessments, what are your views on acceptable distances to travel?

Question 56. What other circumstances should the Agency take into account?

Question 57. In relation to assessments, how many times to do you think an individual should be able to reschedule, or fail to attend, an appointment?

Question 58. In relation to a missed assessment. do you have any comments on what should amount to exceptional circumstances (e.g. hospital admissions)?

Question 59. Please provide any comments you wish to make about the audio recording of assessments.

Question 60. Do you agree or disagree with our proposal that Disability Assistance for Older People is provided to those who are state pension age or older?

Question 61. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 62. Do you agree or disagree with the proposed eligibility criteria for Disability Assistance for Older People?

Question 63. If you disagreed, please could you explain why.

Question 64. If you have any further comments you would like to make relating to Disability Assistance benefits not covered by this consultation document, please provide them below.


Contact

Email: ross.trotter@gov.scot