2. About the Consultation
What are we consulting about?
This consultation asks questions on whether the policy intent set out in the Scottish approach to Disability Assistance will meet the needs of the children and adults it is intended to help. We would like to gather views to ensure we have identified the best possible approach to delivering this assistance before we draft the benefit regulations.
Building on our work with Experience Panels we are now keen to gather further views of people with a working knowledge of social security, including disability benefits, and experience of applying for disability benefits. The Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) has been established and will scrutinise the Disability Assistance regulations which will be drafted in accordance with feedback from this consultation.
Who might be affected by the approach proposed within the consultation document?
Any child or adult living in Scotland who is currently receiving Disability Living Allowance for children, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance from DWP will be affected by the approach set out in this consultation document. In addition, any child or adult living in Scotland who meets the eligibility criteria may also be affected by the proposals. Welfare rights agencies, Disabled People's Organisations, local authorities and rights organisations may also want to consider the impact of the proposed policy intent both on their organisations as well as on any client groups they support.
How will my response be taken forward?
The responses to the consultation will be analysed and, taking these into account, policy decisions will be made. The regulations will then be drafted and scrutinised by SCoSS. Following this scrutiny they will be laid in draft for approval by the Scottish Parliament. They will then need to complete the parliamentary process before delivery of Disability Assistance in Scotland can take place.
What comments are requested and by when?
We are inviting responses to this consultation paper by 28th May 2019. To submit your response online please visit: https://consult.gov.scot/social-security/improving-disability-assistance/. If you would prefer, you can email your response to email@example.com or send to:Social Security Policy Division
Disability and Carers Benefits Policy
Area 2C South
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the address above.