Under consideration PE1913: Fast-track future Adult Disability Payment applications for people undergoing cancer treatment

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to create a separate department within Social Security Scotland that will fast track future Adult Disability Payment (ADP) applications for people with a cancer diagnosis whilst they are undergoing treatment.

Previous action taken

I initially raised this issue with my Local Councillor Shamin Akhtar who helped me progress this further. I asked Martin Whitfield MSP to ask the Scottish Government about this issue, which he did via a written question (answered on 3rd September).

I have also been in contact with Macmillan Cancer Support about this issue and they confirmed that many others have had similar experiences with delays in receiving PIP.

Background information

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime - around 33 million individuals. The most difficult and challenging time for a family is when you undergo treatment and are unable to work. From 2022 PIP will be devolved. There have been many examples under the current system when people undergoing treatment do not receive their PIP at a time they need it the most. This is forcing people into hardship or back to work while undergoing treatment. I believe that the devolution of PIP and change to Adult Disability Payment offers an opportunity to change the system to make it fairer for people undergoing cancer treatment.

I want to ensure that the principles of being treated with dignity, fairness and respect are applied to people and that they are able to access ADP during their treatment when they most need support.

  • Created by Wendy Swain
  • Considered from 30 November 2021

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