Goodbye to PIP, but hello to what? Disability, social security, devolution and policy change in Scotland

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Abstract

The Scottish Government has ambitions to build a new social security system in Scotland with new powers over social security. With the ability to now entirely replace the UK’s Personal Independence Payment, highly controversial for the way it has narrowed entitlement and made the process of applying stressful, the Scottish Government has the opportunity to transform both the experience of disabled people in applying for social security and ensure that what is paid more accurately reflects the costs of disability. However, while significant improvements to the process of applying appear to have been made and these are having a positive impact on access to payment, the Scottish Government’s gradualist approach has also put off by some years more fundamental improvements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-180
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Poverty and Social Justice
Volume32
Issue number1
Early online date15 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024

Keywords

  • Scottish devolution
  • personal independent payments
  • social security Scotland
  • adult disability payment
  • social security
  • disability

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