CONSTITUENTS with direct experience in the current social security system are being encouraged to help shape Scotland’s new system.
MSPS Gil Paterson is encouraging people in Clydebank to get involved – and have slammed the UK’s system as a heartless regime.
Experience Panels made up of people from across the country who use the current system will give their views on the design of Scotland’s new system and how to build and refine a better model.
Registration is now live and people can do so online and by post, while a phone-line will also be available for those who do not have online access or need additional support.
The panels will work closely with the Expert Advisory Group on Disability and Carers’ Benefits, chaired by Dr Jim McCormick, associate director for Scotland with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Mr Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “I am making a direct appeal to the people of Clydebank to get involved with this historic experience, I know there are many people in the area whose knowledge and experience would be invaluable to the process of shaping a new social security system.
“People who have to use the social security system should be treated with dignity and respect – and these will be the core principles guiding this reformation.
“Horror stories have been plastered over the media since David Cameron mutated the social security system into a heartless regime that has forced the disabled and seriously ill into work, lead to dozens of directly linked suicides and garnered a reputation for treating human beings like animals. This must change.”
People can register online: www.gov.scot/socialsecurity
Freephone: 0800 029 4974 (includes language line translation)
Text: Prefix 18001
SMS: 07467 447375
British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via http://contactscotland-bsl.org
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