Plans For New Scottish Disability Support Assessments Set Out



In BBC News.


Changes to the way assessments for disability support will be carried out under Scotland’s new social security agency have been announced at Holyrood.

The new body is to take responsibility for a range of welfare benefits, including disability support.

Ministers have set out plans for how assessments will be run in-house by the agency, rather than by external firms.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said these moves would help ensure people have trust in the system.

Holyrood is taking over responsibility for 11 benefits, including personal independence payments, carer’s allowance and disability living allowance. The rollout is being staggered, with the system due to be fully operational by the end of the current parliamentary term.


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