Scottish Government Disability Assistance Consultation
OPFS Survey of Single Parents
OPFS is asking single parents about their views on the Disability Assistance consultation to inform our response to the Scottish Government. You can complete as many or as few questions as are relevant to you. This survey closes on 7th June 2019.
Delivering Disability Assistance is the next big step in creating a social security system in Scotland. The Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018 enables the Scottish Government to provide for non-means tested ‘Disability Assistance’, equivalent to that currently provided for through UK disability benefits. This includes: Disability Living Allowance; Child Disability Living Allowance (Child DLA); Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance.
Scottish Government has set out their proposed policy approach to new benefits in these areas and has issued a consultation – Social Security A Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland.
Single parents are more likely to have a disability than is average – around one in four (27 per cent) single parent households had a disabled adult, compared with around a fifth (21 per cent) of couple parent households in the UK. The difference is even more pronounced for children – 16 per cent of single parent households has at least one child with a disability, compared with 9 per cent of couple parent households.
The Scottish Government proposals on Disability ‘Assistance’, are therefore of great significance to single parent families.