Date lodged: 2 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether its new social security system will ensure that a higher proportion of assessment reports for claimants of disability benefits are carried out by qualified doctors.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 14 March 2017
The Scottish Government is committed to introducing a social security system that is founded on dignity and respect. Throughout the consultation we heard many issues around how the assessment process works, including concerns raised about who is delivering assessments and the level of qualification, training and specialism assessors have. We are committed to designing an assessment process which prioritises the needs of the person with disabilities – not the needs of those delivering the assessment. The Disability and Carers’ Benefits Expert Advisory Group will provide recommendations and guidance on how the assessment process should work, including who should be delivering assessments. The Experience Panels will also explore this important issue, ensuring that the people who use the system are fully involved in developing the new Scottish assessments.