No. We will protect disability benefits, not cut them, and will ensure that they remain non-means tested. To take forward the new powers, we have established a Scottish Social Security Agency with dignity and respect at its heart and we will ensure that the transition to new benefits system is smooth for everyone.
During the time that benefits are being transferred to Scotland, any child in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be given an automatic award of that DLA to age 18 unless they don’t want it. This will allow for continuity for families whilst the transfer of benefits takes place.
We believe people should be given greater choice and flexibility over their assessment, and want to bring back long term awards for those with long term conditions or disabilities. That’s why, instead of farming out assessments to private companies, assessments for disability support will be carried out by Social Security Scotland and fully supported by public sector healthcare professionals.