A Social Security For Us All: Cabinet minister to address Common Weal event
Event on the future of Scottish social security expected to generate “lively discussion”
COMMON WEAL GLASGOW is hosting an evening with Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman and Head of Research at Common Weal Dr Craig Dalzell, who will present their visions for the future of social security in Scotland.
Scottish Government plans for blocking benefit claimant appeals criticised for similarity to discredited DWP policy
‘Mandatory reconsiderations’ could discourage vulnerable people from pursuing appeals to a tribunal.
FOLLOWING the UK government’s defeat in the Upper Tribunal in a similar case, critics have claimed that changes to Scotland’s social security system could make it more difficult for benefit claimants to challenge unfair decisions.
STUC disabled workers warn UK Government benefit cuts will deepen adult and child poverty in Scotland
Trade unions in Scotland condemn the UK Government for cuts to disability benefits and the impact on child poverty as the social security minister outlines new powers devolved to Scotland
SCOTTISH trade unions have come together to condemn the UK Government for cuts to disability benefits and the impact on child poverty.
The STUC disabled workers conference passed the motion at their conference at the weekend expressing concern that many disabled people will lose their independence and employment as a result of UK Government cuts.
Jeane Freeman targets disability assessments regime in social security consultation
Minister for social security expresses frustration at limitations of welfare devolution
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT minister for social security has said that an important element of the DWP’s benefit assessments regime is “up for change” with the devolution of some powers to Scotland.
Jeane Freeman, who was given the brief for a new social security system for Scotland after being elected as an MSP in the May Scottish elections, made the comments at a major event in the Scottish Government’s consultation on creating the new system.
Green MSP lodges amendments to boost Social Security Bill
Alison Johnstone seeks to eliminate unnecessary medical tests, set targets for ministers and determine claimants get all benefits they are entitled to.
ALISON JOHNSTONE MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has lodged a series of amendments to the Scottish Government’s Social Security Bill, which aim to ensure claimants receive all the benefits for which they qualify.
Scots will no longer have to suffer welfare tests alone
Due to amendment from Jeane Freeman, Scots will have the right to have someone with them during welfare assessments
SCOTS UNDERGOING any meeting relating to benefits or welfare assessment will have the right to be accompanied by a “supporter”, thanks to an amendment to ongoing legislation from social security minister Jeane Freeman.
Scotland’s social security service will lay the groundwork for independence, says Jeane Freeman MSP
Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman addressed a Common Weal Glasgow event on Scotland’s new powers
A COMMON WEAL GLASGOW event on social security on Monday night heard from Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman on what Scotland will do with its newly devolved powers over 11 benefits, and how this will pave the way for a new approach in an independent Scotland.
“Nothing about us, without us”: Disabled people hope for social security dawn
Jeanne Freeman MSP demands “human rights” in face of DWP intransigence
SCOTLAND’s largest disabled people’s organisation has expressed hope in the direction of the Scottish Government’s social security consultation.
Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) chief executive Tressa Burke, told an audience at the closing ceremony for the Scottish Government’s social security consultation that the new system had appropriately involved “people with lived experience” of disability and that the new system “is being built from the ground up”.