Nicola Sturgeon was in Dundee today to announce the siting of the headquarters of the new Scottish Social Security Offices in the city.
At least half the 1,500 jobs expected to be created in these offices will be based here in the City of Discovery (and Munguin). The rest will go to Glasgow.
It has been estimated the new agency will be worth £125m to the local economy and will support another 800 jobs.
So, a good day for Dundee. After the Bank of Scotland news from earlier this year, this is exactly what we needed.
I sincerely hope our new department can avoid failures like this:
Why would someone who is tetraplegic be on a benefit that was reviewable? , s Does the DWP expect that she might be getting better? Could they not have checked this with her consultant?
Does the DWP expect that she might be getting better? Could they not have checked this with her consultant (or indeed anyone with a first aid certificate)?
Given that you seem to have to prove that you still suffer from things that are incurable, if an error was made and she didn’t attend for an interview (something for which she can hardly be held responsible herself), and she was taken off her benefits and told to report to the jobcentre, why, when the situation was explained, wasn’t her benefit immediately reinstated?
I mean, seriously, whoever you are in the UK government that organises these things, have you got jobs up your sleeves for people who, as her husband says, can do nothing for themselves?
This is almost literally diabolical: the work of the devil. It is no wonder that the UK government was denounced by the United Nations for failing to respect the rights of disabled people.
The management of the DWP makes me ashamed to live on the same island as they do.
SCOTLAND’S NEW SOCIAL SECURITY POWERS
For your information, through the Scotland Act 2016, the following benefits will be devolved to Scotland:
|For carers, disabled people and those who are ill.
||To help with personal care for individuals aged 65 or over with a physical or mental disability.
||To help an individual look after someone with substantial caring needs. To be eligible the individual must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone.
|Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
||Helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or disability for individuals aged 16 to 64. This is a replacement for DLA for working age individuals.
|Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
||Help if your disability or health condition means either:
- You need help looking after yourself
- You have walking difficulties
DLA is closed to new working age claimants and being replaced by PIP.
|Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
||For individuals who are ill or disabled as a direct result of an accident or disease caused by work or while attending an approved employment training scheme or course.
|Severe Disablement Allowance
||Was for working-age individuals who are unable to work due to illness or disability. SDA is closed to new entrants.
|Currently part of the Regulated Social Fund
||Cold Weather Payment
||A payment for individuals on certain benefits when the temperature is either recorded as, or forecasted to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days.
||For individuals on low income and needing help to pay for a funeral they are arranging.
|Sure Start Maternity Grant
||Introducing a new Best Start Grant which will see support for qualifying families increase from the £500 payable only for the first child under the existing UK Government Sure Start Maternity Grant to £1,100 for the first child and £800 for second and subsequent children over three payments during a child’s early years.
|Winter Fuel Payment
||A tax-free payment to help pay for heating bills if you were born on or before July, 5 1952 (Current State Pension Age for women).
||Discretionary Housing Payments
||Additional help for those in receipt of Housing Benefit and having difficulty meeting their rent payments. Paid at the discretion of the Local Authority.
||A new Job Grant which will be a payment of £100 or £250 for people with children plus a three months bus pass for 16-24 year olds who have been claiming benefit for six months or more and are starting work.
The following benefits will remain reserved to UK Government:
- Universal Credit
- Contributory Job Seekers Allowance
- Contributory Employment Support Allowance
- Child Benefit
- Maternity Allowance
- State Pension
- Pension Credit