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April 25
ENABLE Scotland tells Welfare Reform Committee of "perfect storm" fears

ENABLE Scotland’s Executive Director of Campaigns, Mike Holmes, appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee this morning to tell them of our member's fears of a “perfect storm” set to be faced by people who have learning disabilities and their parents and carers.

Alongside a number of concerned charities and other organisations, Mike welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s attempts to mitigate some of the effects of the changes – but expressed concern that many people who have learning disabilities will be pushed further into poverty as a result of the Welfare Reform Act, recently introduced by the UK Government.

Mike told the Committee: "I can't recall a time in 20 years where our members and people with learning disabilities and their carers across Scotland have, if you like, faced a perfect storm of changes to services, tightening eligibility criteria, fewer college places, a much harder jobs market and the level of employment of people with disabilities is already shockingly low, coupled with Welfare reform that's coming down the track at them."

The Committee is expected to hear from Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy at their next meeting on Tuesday 1 May.

Click here to view the full evidence session.
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