Date lodged: 12 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether light-touch reviews will be part of the assessment process for disability assistance for older people.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 26 March 2019
The Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland, which launched on 5 March 2019, set out our policy proposals around Disability Assistance for Older People, light-touch reviews and assessments.
We do not intend to conduct face to face assessments for Disability Assistance for Older People, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Across the different forms of Disability Assistance, we will use an approach that is supportive, person-centred and minimises stress and anxiety. It is anticipated that light-touch reviews will be carried out by Social Security Scotland without having to see the person in the majority of cases.