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
  • (Keynote) Jeremy Balfour MSP , Scottish Unionists and Conservatives, Lothian
  • Nora Uhrig, Senior Associate - Scotland Programmes, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Anne Hastie, Poverty Commissioner , East Lothian & Chair, Disability Information Scotland
  • Claire Smith , Head of Accessibility Policy, Scottish Government (Transport Scotland)
  • David Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Union for Supported Employment (SUSE)
  • Carolyn Lochhead, Head of Communications & Public Affairs, SAMH
  • Emma Whitelock, Chief Executive Officer, Lead Scotland
  • Ed Pybus, Welfare Rights Worker, Children and Families Project, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

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 the Scottish Government
Deputy Director, The Scottish Government
  • 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
Realising a rights based disability benefit system
Ed Pybus
Welfare Rights Worker, Children and Families Project, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
  • Reversing the stigma currently associated with accessing assistance supporting and ensuring a rights based approach 
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
Disabled People's Rights in a post-Brexit world

 
  • Ensuring that the rights of disabled people, as well as those with protected characteristics, are protected post-Brexit
  • Assessing the loss of EU funding and how this will effect the third sector and local authorities 
  • Unpacking the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and what this means for Scotland 

    11:05-11:15 Questions and Discussion with Delegates


Speakers

Nora Uhrig Senior Associate - Scotland Programmes, Equality and Human Rights Commission

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11:15 - 11:45
Networking Break

 

11:45 - 12:15
Keynote Address: Jeremy Balfour MSP

 
  • Updates from the work of MSP's in the Social Security Committee
  • Smoothing the transition to devolved disability benefits: where we are and the road ahead
  • The Disability Employment Gap and how we can improve employment rates for disabled people

12:05-12:15
Questions and Discussion with Delegates

Speakers

Jeremy Balfour MSP

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12:15 - 12:45
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  
12:35-12:45
Questions and Discussion with Delegates

Speakers

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

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12:45 - 13:15
Improving Transport for Disabled People

 
Due to consistency and quality of door to door service, disabled people across Scotland feel they cannot travel with the same freedom, choice and dignity as other citizens:  
  • what has been done?
  • what’s scheduled to be done?
  • and how do we- each of us- take responsibility to do more and faster in order that every citizen can travel with the same choice and dignity?

    13:05-13:15
    Questions and Discussion with Delegates

Speakers

Claire Smith Head of Transport Accessibility Policy, Transport Scotland (Scottish Government)

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13:15 - 14:15
Networking Lunch

 

14:15 - 14:45
Mental Health and Disability (including 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
14:35-14:45
Questions and Discussion with Delegates

Speakers

Carolyn Lochhead Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

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14:45 - 15:15
Bridging the gap from Education to Employment

 
  • Tackling the barriers which prevent disabled people face entering education and employment 
  • Exploring key drivers and catalysts for change 
  • Personalising the journey into learning and work
15:05-15:15
Questions and Discussion with Delegates

Speakers

Emma Whitelock Chief Executive Officer, Lead Scotland

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15:15 - 15:20
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Bill Scott Director of Policy, Inclusion Scotland

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End

Speakers

Jeremy Balfour MSP

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

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Carolyn Lochhead Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

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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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Claire Smith Head of Transport Accessibility Policy, Transport Scotland (Scottish Government)

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Nora Uhrig Senior Associate - Scotland Programmes, Equality and Human Rights Commission

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Emma Whitelock Chief Executive Officer, Lead Scotland

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Venue details

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ

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