Ensuring fairness for people with disabilities – Scottish National Party

1. Facilitate travel

Thanks to the National Entitlement Card, people with disabilities in Scotland continue to be able to travel for free on local and long-distance buses across the country.

The Scottish government has also extended the discounted bus pass for accompanying persons with eligible disabled children under the age of 5.

2. A new social security system, centered on dignity and respect

We have put in place a new social security system which sees social security as an investment in our people and not as an obstacle.

Far from the shameful language of Westminster and the Tory decade of social cuts, Scotland’s new system puts people first.

We have also ensured that in Scotland assessments of disability support are carried out in the public sector – not the private sector, as in many parts of the UK.

3. Introduction of disability benefit for adults

From spring 2022 Adult Disability Payment will replace Personal Independence Payment for people with disabilities of working age in Scotland – an important step in the development of the Scottish social security system.

4. The allowance for handicapped children

The Scotland Childhood Disability Benefit is now open for applications across the country – and it is the first of the complex disability benefits to be introduced nationwide by the Scottish Government.

The new payment provides financial assistance to help cover additional costs associated with having a disability and replaces the UK Government’s Disability Living Allowance.

5. Help people live with freedom, choice and independence

We continue to fund the Independent Living Fund in Scotland, after the UK government decided to shut it down in 2015.

The fund enables people with disabilities with high support needs to choose to live in their community and is a key part of safeguarding the rights of people with disabilities to live independently.

And we are reducing the Conservatives’ cruel room tax, which has reportedly hit 70,000 households – 80% of which have a disabled family member.

6. Create more accessible places

We want to give people with disabilities a greater and more meaningful involvement in the design of policies and services – including housing, transport and the wider physical and cultural environment.

We are helping local councils to build more accessible housing, and although our building rules for accessibility in new homes are already the best in the UK, we want to go even further.

7. Reduce barriers to employment

We are committed to reducing barriers to employment for people with disabilities – by setting targets to increase the number of people with disabilities employed in public sector workplaces and by introducing a work experience program for young people with disabilities.

We are also removing the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from entering apprenticeships – providing young people with disabilities the highest level of funding for the modern apprenticeship they have chosen.

8. Protect the rights of people with disabilities

We are committed to ensuring that all people with disabilities can exercise their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and we’ve laid out our delivery plan for how to get there.

9. Empower people with disabilities to participate fully as active citizens

It is essential to ensure that people with disabilities are able to fully participate in all aspects of daily and public life in Scotland.

We created a fund to support people with disabilities seeking to run for office, and we set government equality goals to help more people with disabilities sit on the boards of organizations.

10. Promote and strengthen BSL (British Sign Language)

In 2017, the Scottish Government also launched the first National BSL Action Plan, the first of its kind in the UK.

Among other things, this allows more students to choose to learn BSL in school, look for ways to provide information about BSL in transport hubs, and strengthen the profession of BSL / English interpreter. .