Date lodged: 30 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what (a) benefits and (b) other financial support it makes available to deaf people, including what financial help it provides towards the purchase of specialised mobile telephones and other devices.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 21 April 2017
A range of benefits are being devolved to Scotland through the Scotland Act 2016, though at present the Scottish Government does not deliver any benefits specifically for deaf people. The Scottish Government has committed to putting dignity and respect back into the heart of the social security system in Scotland. We will continue to engage with deaf people and the organisations who represent them to ensure that our system is as accessible as possible. The Scottish Government is currently looking for people to take part in Experience Panels which will ensure that people with lived experience of the system help to shape Scotland's future social security system.
The Scottish Government provides funding to a range of public services and third sector organisations which offer support to people who are deaf, and is committed to improving the services, support and care available through its long term strategy ‘See Hear’. The Strategy was jointly endorsed by COSLA and is being implemented through local partnerships of statutory and third sector partners.