PIP Workshop in Scotland
In Scotland, responsibility for key disability benefits – including Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payments – now lies with the Scottish Government. Their stated aim is to “create a Scottish social security system based on dignity, fairness and respect, which will help to support those who need it, when they need it.” To deliver on this, the government is talking to stakeholders, including people living with arthritis, in an extensive programme of engagement.
In February this year, our Young People and Families Service set up an opportunity for the government’s Benefits Reform Team to meet with a group of young people in a workshop setting to look, in particular, at the reform of Personal Independence Payments. The workshop used collage and drawing techniques to produce a series of posters illustrating experiences of the current system and expectations of the reformed system.
Jay O’Reilly, Arthritis Care Scotland Development Officer, who helped organise the workshop, said, “Working with the Scottish Government’s benefits reform team has given our young people the opportunity to feed back their experiences to help inform the creation of the new system which is being devolved to the Scottish Government. They were given the chance to create posters which summed up those experiences. Those posters now adorn the walls of the reform team’s HQ and serve as a constant reminder of the issues that exist and of the people who the system is being designed to support.”