Key Points
  • Does Scottish Government's Fairer Scotland Action Plan capture the full picture in tackling the challenges faced by the disabled people of Scotland?
  • What are the Implications of Brexit on disabled people rights as we move towards a British Bill of Rights?
  • How successful has Scotland's first ever devolved Social Security Agency been in leading on welfare rights for disabled people?
  • Ensuring robust multi-agency partnerships in the context of a more departmentalised welfare sector and complex data sharing landscape?
  • How can Scotland bridge the Disability Employment Gap and support young disabled people to have equal opportunities to work?


Overview
"Disabled people have very often been those who have suffered the most. That's why we need to redouble our efforts to tackle inequality head-on, and ensure everyone has the chance to realise his or her full potential "
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Confirmed Speakers
  • (Chair) Bill Scott, Director of Policy, Inclusion Scotland
  • (Keynote) Senior Representative, Social Security Scotland
  • Chris Oswald, Head of Policy and Communications, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Anne Hastie, Poverty Commissioner , East Lothian & Chair, Disability Information Scotland
  • David Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Union for Supported Employment (SUSE)
  • Emma Whitelock, Chief Executive Officer, Lead Scotland
  • Caroline Buchan, Welfare Rights Adviser, Peterhead Health Centre
  • Ed Pybus, Welfare Rights Worker, Children and Families Project, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
  • Claire Smith , Transport Scotland

Morning: Exploring the Policy Landscape

The Fairer Scotland Action Plan sets out the key principles that the Scottish Government will act upon to tackle inequalities and dismantle barriers faced by disabled people. This conference will give you an opportunity to engage with the debate surrounding this policy by hearing from policy makers while holding the government to account.

As well as exploring this policy initiative, the first half of the day will tackle the implications of Brexit on disabled people's rights by looking ahead to the introduction of a British Bill of Rights post-Brexit. You will then hear the latest updates from Scotland's new Social Security Agency and assess the success of PIP Assessment and other welfare benefits that have been devolved to Scotland.

Afternoon: Collaboration, Integration and Ensuring Equal Opportunities

The second half of the day will focus on developing robust Multi-Agency Partnerships where delegates will establish shared pathways between the different agencies working with disabled people. You will also hear about the challenges faced by disabled people in finding employment, to help Scotland Half the Disability Employment Gap , as well as initiatives that support disabled people access education, bridge the gap between school and employment, and improve their mental well being

This conference will allow you to hear from a range of speakers, from policy makers to welfare rights advisers, all united in a common goal to help improve the lives of disabled people in Scotland.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration and Refreshments

 

09:30 - 09:45
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Bill Scott Director of Policy, Inclusion Scotland

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09:45 - 10:45
Social Security in Scotland: Ensuring Dignity, Fairness and Respect

 
09:45-10:10
Keynote Address from Social Security Scotland 
Senior Representative, Social Security Scotland  
  • The latest policy developments on welfare and PIP assessments.
  • How has the new social security agency alleviated the challenges faced by the UK wide roll-out of Universal Credit and PIP?
  • How does the Social Security aim to protect the most vulnerable groups?
10:10-10:30
PIP Assessments: Exploring the challenges surrounding Eligibility, assessment and appeals 
Ed Pybus
Welfare Rights Worker, Children and Families Project, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 

  • What have been the challenges surrounding PIP Assessments on the ground?
10:30:10:45
Joint Q&A


Speakers

Ed Pybus Welfare Rights Worker, Children and Families Project, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

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10:45 - 11:15
Brexit and the British Bill of Rights (Including Q&A)

 
  • Ensuring that the rights of disabled people are protected post-Brexit and within the introduction of the British Bill of Rights 
  • Protecting the rights of disabled people and ensuring that the new bill is line with the UN Human Rights Commission guidelines  

Speakers

Chris Oswald Head of Policy and Communications, Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland

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11:15 - 11:45
Networking Break

 

11:45 - 12:30
Developing Robust Multi-Agency Partnerships to provide appropriate support (including Q&A)

 
  • Establishing shared pathways between the different agencies involved in social security and disabled people 
  • Assessing what data can be shared between the different agencies and ensuring accessible communication for all agencies involved 
  • Ensuring that ‘dignity, fairness and respect’ are at the centre of any handovers or signposting processes 
  • The importance of gaining the claimants trust to ensure a smooth transition without exacerbating any problems  

Speakers

Anne Hastie Poverty Commissioner for East Lothian & Chair, Disability Information Scotland

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Caroline Buchan Welfare Rights Adviser, Peterhead Health Centre

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12:30 - 13:00
Improving Transport for Disabled People

 

13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:30
Mental Health and Disability (Joint Q&A)

 
  • Identifying mental health as a disability
  • Supporting people with mental health problems through the PIP process
  • Supporting disabled people overcome mental health issues resulting from the challenges of having a disability
  • The need for greater integration of services

14:30 - 14:50
Bridging the gap from Education to Employment (including Q&A)

 
  • Tackling the root causes of the Disability Employment Gap
  • What does the data tell us? 
  • Solutions to remove barriers and enable disabled people to enjoy equal access to employment 
  • Considering the views of disabled people and involving them in the strategy        
  • Exploring the challenges faced by young people with a disability in acquiring jobs

Speakers

Emma Whitelock Chief Executive Officer, Lead Scotland

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14:50 - 15:10
The Supported Employment Framework (including Q&A)

 
  • Ideas from SUSE members for reducing the Disability Employment Gap
  • The contribution that can be made by supported employment programmes and the resources needed to reduce the Disability Employment Gap

Speakers

David Cameron Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE)

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15:10 - 15:25
Joint Q&A

 

15:25 - 15:30
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Bill Scott Director of Policy, Inclusion Scotland

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End

Speakers

Chris Oswald Head of Policy and Communications, Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland

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Caroline Buchan Welfare Rights Adviser, Peterhead Health Centre

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David Cameron Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE)

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Anne Hastie Poverty Commissioner for East Lothian & Chair, Disability Information Scotland

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Ed Pybus Welfare Rights Worker, Children and Families Project, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

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Bill Scott Director of Policy, Inclusion Scotland

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Emma Whitelock Chief Executive Officer, Lead Scotland

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Claire Smith Transport Scotland

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