Welfare Advocacy Support Pilot – Evidence to the Scottish Government

This week the Scottish Government’s Welfare Reform Committee heard evidence on the future delivery of Social Security in Scotland. Andrew Strong from the ALLIANCE gave evidence along with a number of representatives from disability organisations on how welfare reform can be improved when parts of it are devolved in 2017.

Andrew spoke about the importance of advocacy support and the difference it can make to individuals going through the assessment process. Andrew was able to cite evidence from the pilot about how having advocacy support before and during the process directly affects the outcomes for people which in turn not only reduces the claimants’ stress and distress and but also reduces the need for appeals.

We hope that the importance of independent advocacy support for people going through welfare assessments will be recognised in future Scottish proposals on devolved welfare powers.