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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07680: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether its new social security system will exempt claimants with brain tumours from being re-assessed for (a) personal independence payments and (b) employment support allowance.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 14 March 2017

In relation to Personal Independent Payments, the Scottish Government has already committed to introducing longer-term awards for people whose conditions are unlikely to improve. We plan to do this across all disability benefits that are being devolved. How best to approach longer-term awards and re-assessment was part of our consultation and we are continuing to work closely with people who receive benefits and their representative organisations to ensure this is designed in a way that meets peoples needs. The recently established Disability and Carers' Benefits Expert Advisory Group will have a key role in providing recommendations and guidance on issues such as this. We will involve people directly in the design of our approach to longer-term awards and re-assessment through the recently launched ‘Experience Panels’. This will involve at least 2,000 people, with recent experience of applying for or receiving benefits. Employment and Support Allowance will remain reserved to the UK Government.