A leading charity has called on both the UK and Scottish government’s to improve the benefits support available for people with disabilities, as new figures show that more than one in four people (28%) who visit the charity for advice are unable to work due to illness or a disability.
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is calling for a substantial reduction in the number of face-to-face benefit assessments, as well as the complete abolition of repeat assessments for claimants whose medical conditions are unlikely to improve.
They are also demanding a change to the eligibility criteria of Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
Under the current rules, claimants can only access the highest level of the PIP mobility component if they are unable to walk more than 20 metres without severe pain or discomfort.
CAS wants this rule to be increased to 50 metres, as it was under the previous system Disability Living Allowance, so that a greater number of applicants with severe mobility issues can access the support they need and hopefully prevent the loss of specially adapted vehicles.
Other recommendations include:
Source: Charity calls for better benefits support for sick and disabled people : Werlfare Weekly