December 14, 2015
The Scottish Parliament has published their Welfare Reform Committee’s Future Delivery of Social Security in Scotland report, saying it has "witnessed many claimants fighting to get back into the labour market, or otherwise improve their chances of contributing to society, in situations where the current system can act as a hindrance rather than a help."
Action for M.E. was asked to submit evidence to the inquiry that has led to this report, with our Chief Executive Sonya Chowdhury attending a committee meeting in September to highlight the impact of welfare benefit reform on people with M.E. and other disabling conditions. We also submitted written evidence.
The report states that "a new Scottish social securitysystem requires a huge culture shift" and that the new system should be "person-centered," unlike the current system which is "designed for bureaucratic convenience."