Greens welcome new fairer disability benefits

Mon 21 March 2022

The new Scottish disability benefits introduced today lack the humiliating face-to-face assessments regime of the UK’s PIP model, thanks to the Scottish Greens.

Adult Disability Payment (ADP) opens for applications today, April 21, in Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, before rolling out to the rest of Scotland later this year . Beneficiaries will receive up to £152.15 a week to help with the additional costs of living with a disability or medical condition.

The ODA assessment system, which replaces the UK Personal Independence Payment, has been overhauled after a legal ban on unnecessary benefits assessments was enshrined in law in an amendment to the Social Security Act by the green MSP Alison Johnstone in 2018.

This means that instead of repeated stressful and humiliating in-person assessments for PEP, written assessments will be used, with a more respectful and less intrusive approach used for subsequent contact, only when more evidence is needed.

Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Maggie Chapman MSP said:

“Today marks an important milestone in Scotland’s journey towards a fairer social security system. PIP stigmatized people with disabilities and deliberately put obstacles in their way of getting the support they needed to live their lives on an equal footing with people without disabilities.

“The new Scottish payment does away with face-to-face assessments, hated by so many disabled people for the stress they have caused. As well as making support more accessible, less stigmatizing and less traumatic, these changes are likely to mean that payouts will also be higher on average, which is good news for anyone who relies on the support these payouts provide.

“After years of campaigning by people with disabilities, I am so proud that it was the Scottish Greens who changed the law to make this happen.”

About Antoine L. Cassell

Check Also

Calls overwhelm disability benefits call centers | New

Christina Cedillo has a sticky note on her computer, reminding her which buttons to press …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.