Many disabled people’s lives are scarred by poverty. The evidence suggests that due to austerity cuts and welfare “reforms” more disabled people are experiencing poverty. But what is the true scale of the problem? According to Scottish Government after housing costs are taken into account:
23% of people in households containing a disabled adult were living in poverty (2015/16).
This compared to 18% of people living in poverty in households where there was no disabled adult.
The Scottish Government’s main means of measuring poverty is based on average household income and does not take into account the extra costs associated with disability. Thus the 23% figure is an under-estimate.
In 2015 Scope found that disabled people spent an average £550 a month on disability related expenses (e.g. taxis, increased use of heating, special equipment, care costs, etc. Counting the Cost, Scope, 2015).
Half (48%) of those living in poverty are disabled people and their families.
The other half (52%) is everyone else.
The New Policy Institute took these additional costs into account and found that 28% of those living in poverty in the UK are disabled people and another 20% live in a household with a disabled person. So nearly half (48%) of all the poverty in the UK is associated with disability.
Disabled People and Welfare Reform
In 2015 researchers from Sheffield Hallam University estimated that the financial loss to Scots disabled people because of the cuts to just two benefits (Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)) would be:
£600 million a year. This was 40% of the total financial loss to Scotland from all “welfare reforms” up to that date”.
Our Work on Poverty and Social Security
Inclusion Scotland gather and promote disabled people’s views on social security to the Scottish and UK Governments. We also try to influence MSPs and MPs by providing debate briefings and evidence to Parliamentary Inquiries. We have supported disabled people in providing oral evidence to Parliament and have also arranged for MSPs and Ministers to visit grass-roots organisations to hear the views of disabled people directly.
We serve on the following Social Security/Poverty related Scottish Government groups:
The Child Poverty Commission (Vice Convenor);
Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group (Vice Convenor);
Disability and Carers Benefits Stakeholder Group;
Communications and Engagement Partnership Group;
Social Security Agency Operations Reference Group and the Welfare Reform Health Impact Delivery Group.
We arranged 4 engagement events throughout Scotland, in Dundee, Oban, Greenock and Edinburgh, to gather disabled people’s views before responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on “The Future of Social Security in Scotland”. We provided written and oral evidence on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament. We also prepared a number of draft amendments (changes) to the Bill in partnership with Camphill Scotland (for example a right to access advocacy services; the setting up of an independent scrutiny body and the right to be paid in cash) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (for example the use of accessible communication standards by the Social Security Agency). Several of these policies have been adopted by the Scottish Government and become part of the Social Security Bill.
Recently: We provided a debate briefing to MSPs for the Stage 1 debate on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill.
You can find briefings and links to our work on social security below.
There is mounting evidence that the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) is damaging the lives of disabled people, causing fear, distress, homelessness and hardship. You can find out more about the Universal Credit debate in the Scottish Parliament Tramadol Order Online Overnight.
Inclusion Scotland welcomes the publication of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill and believes that it provides an opportunity to consider what the purpose of the new Scottish social security system should be. You can find out more about the consultation Tramadol Order Cod.
Read our briefing on poverty and disabled people covering; the scale of the problem, disabled people and employment, the impact of welfare reform and the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ‘migration’ and reassessments.
Read our briefing on the new Scottish Social Security Powers covering; the Smith Commission and the Scotland Act, an introduction to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, and more detail on what is in the Bill.
We believe that child, and adult, poverty must be tackled especially as disabled children and the children of disabled parents are disproportionately likely to experience poverty. We would like to see poverty tackled in a holistic way as child poverty does not exist in isolation from adult poverty. Find out more about the Child Poverty Bill Discount Tramadol Online.
Job Centre closures meanmany people having to travel long distances (up to six miles) to reach a Job Centre. This will impose extra costs on people already on a low income and will have a disproportionate impact on disabled people, particularly those with mobility, learning and communication impairments. The proposal seems to be aimed solely at reducing costs with little or no thought given to the likely equalities impact.
Inclusion Scotland welcomes the Welfare Reform Committee’s Report on Women and Social Security, in particular the recognition of the impact on disabled women and women as carers, as well as the impact on the mental health of women, of welfare reform. We also welcome the recognition that this is a human rights issue. You can find out more and read the report Best Tramadol Online.