The Government’s Expert Group on Welfare Reform has just published its report Re-Thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple. This sets out the SNPs plans for the welfare system if Scotland becomes independent following the referendum on the 18th of September.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with carers at VOCAL Edinburgh Carers to discuss the report and to announce the welcome news that they intend to increase Carer’s Allowance to bring it up to the same rate as Jobseeker’s Allowance. This would mean a rise from £61.35 a week to £72.40, which would entitle over 100,000 carers to an extra £575 a year.
In the medium to long term there was also a commitment to review the welfare system with a view to making it Fair, Personal and Simple:
Our proposals aim to build a system that is personal, fair and simple. We believe that the purpose, principles and partnership that we set out in this report are the basis on which to build trust – among employers, citizens and communities – in a social security system designed to meet the needs of an independent Scotland.
To download a copy of the full report, follow this link
A briefing paper on the changes and what they might mean for carers is available here: Re-Thinking Welfare, A Briefing Paper for Carers
Consultation on Integration Bill
The draft regulations for the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act, more commonly known as the Integration Act, are currently out for consultation. These cover details of how the new Integrated bodies will be set up, what they will cover and who will have to be consulted and involved in their activities. There are some important details included about how they must consult with carers and how they need to be represented in locality planning.
The consultation will be ongoing until August and we are currently working on a joint briefing with the National Carer Organisations. We will also be developing a Carers Response Form to make it easier for carers to submit their views.
Further details can be found on the Scottish Government’s Website
For details of Set 1 of the Regulations, follow this link
For details of Set 2 of the Regulations, follow this link
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