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WILL YOU use the new powers to #BETHECHANGE FOR people who have learning DISABILITIES IN 2016?

 
People who have learning disabilities in Scotland are more likely than average to be reliant on social security due to a combination of high rates of unemployment, part time working and low pay. 
 
Our Social Security System should be underpinned, by a commitment to human rights, dignity and respect; enabling citizens, facilitating participation and recognising everyone’s contribution and value to society.
 
The devolution of parts of the social security system provides a timely opportunity to reframe the negative and often deficit-focussed narrative; reform eligibility criteria; redesign assessment and evidence gathering processes; and re-connect social security with wider policy landscape.
 

Why we need you to #BeTheChange:

As a direct result of the current welfare reform agenda to date:  
  • Households with disabled adults and children have faced a total reduction of £1,900 per year in annual income1.  This is three times the reduction experienced by non-disabled households.

ENABLE Scotland’s research with families2 evidences the difficult journey parents of children who have learning disabilities go through, not only navigating the complexities of the social security system, but also being confronted by upsetting deficit-focused forms and processes:

 
  • Claiming DLA is difficult - the forms are horrendous and it is so upsetting having to justify every bit of support your child needs and having to write in minute detail all the things your child can't do. Then feeling you are viewed as a waster for claiming financial support for your child. (Parent of child with genetic condition and associated learning disability)

  • Almost 90% of families told us raising a disabled child has an impact on family finances. 

  • More than 55% parents found it difficult to access social security support for their disabled child. Only 30% had received any advice or assistance with accessing benefit entitlements for their child. 
  


 Visit enable.org.uk/enablethevote to find out more about our campaign to support people in Scotland who have learning disabilities to have their vote.
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1.​​    Financial Impact of Welfare Reforms on Disabled People in  Scotland, Scottish Government, 2014
2.    ENABLE Scotland, Exploring Concerns around a Child’s Diagnosis of a Learning Disability (including ASD): Experiences of Parents, Young People and Professionals in Scotland, 2015
3.    Mental Welfare Commission in Scotland, Monitoring Visit Report, No Through Road: People with Learning Disabilities in Hospital (February 2016)