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Social Security Panels Campaign Nears Deadline

Published date : 07 May 2017

SNP MSP CALLS ON LOCAL PEOPLE TO SIGN UP IN FINAL WEEK

SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Jeane Freeman has called on local people to sign up and help shape Scotland’s new social security system as a Scottish Government campaign to learn from the experiences of those currently using the service enters its final days.                                                        

At least 2,000 people with experience of the current social security system are being recruited to help shape Scotland’s new system – allowing the Scottish Government to learn from mistakes made in the past. The panels will work with the expert advisory group on disability and carers’ benefits.

 Commenting, SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Jeane Freeman said:

“The Scottish Government has been clear that it intends to build a rights based, fairer and more respectful social security system once the full powers are devolved over this area.

“I hope people across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley take this final opportunity to sign up to the Scottish Government’s panels and play their part in creating a social security system with fairness at its heart before the campaign ends.

“This is a golden opportunity to build a new public service for Scotland that directly involves and takes account of the personal experience and views of people who have used this service at the frontline.  Inviting 2,000 people to join us in building that new service is vital to the success of the work we have to do.

“We have seen for too long the damage that has been wrought by the callous and ideologically driven system operated by the Tories at Westminster – putting the needs of people last and doing all they can to scapegoat and stigmatise those who need the financial support they are entitled to.

“The Scottish Government is committed to building a new social security system based on dignity and respect for people across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, and contributing to the panels is an important step on the way to achieving this.”

Corri Wilson, who is standing as the SNP candidate for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock at the forthcoming General Election, said;

“The social security system across the UK is in desperate need of a complete overall, as recent changes have sought to penalise the vulnerable and strip much needed support for the working poor. The roll-out of Universal Credit has been beset by problems and has left many families unsupported and forced into debt. That is why we need to be sure that the system we implement here is one that works for people, not against them, and I am delighted that the Scottish Government is involving those who use the system to help design it.

“We have a chance to take a different approach, and this is a real opportunity for people to highlight their issues with the current system. We need social security to do what it says, to provide a safety net for those in need, and we need it to do so without stripping people of their dignity.”

ENDS

Notes:

People can register for the panels online: www.gov.scot/socialsecurity or register on the Freephone number 0800 029 4974

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