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March 23
A clean Bill of health?

As we’ve reported numerous times on this blog in recent months, many people are letting us know of their major concerns about welfare reforms proposed by the coalition UK Government.

The rules of the new Welfare Reform Act mean that 500,000 people across the UK are expected to lose out on vital disability benefits by 2016, as well as other changes to benefits such as Housing Benefit and Income Support.  ENABLE Scotland remains greatly concerned about the impact of the Act might have for many people who have learning disabilities who could be pushed further into poverty.

Yesterday, the Scottish Government published a new piece of legislation called the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill.  While the Bill won’t be able to completely reverse the changes made by the Welfare Reform Act – it is hoped that it will allow the Scottish Parliament to mitigate some of their effects.

The Welfare Reform Committee at Holyrood is looking for views from people across Scotland about both the Bill and the impact of welfare reform.  Click here to check out their website for more information.

We are encouraging the Scottish Government to act to save some entitlements, such as concessionary travel, that are vital to the independence of people who have learning disabilities.  Keep an eye on the welfare reform page of our website for up to date information.

  
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