Capability urges Scottish Parliament to protect free bus travel and parking
24 April 2012
Capability Scotland will be asking the Scottish Parliament to protect free parking and bus travel for disabled Scots when it gives evidence to its Welfare Reform Committee today (24th April).
Today's session focuses on the additional benefits, or 'passported
benefits' disabled people receive based on their eligibility for
Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Passported benefits include initiatives like the Blue Badge
and Concessionary Travel schemes which make a big difference to the
lives of many disabled people. With 20% of disabled people
set to lose out on benefits altogether under the Welfare Reform
Bill, the Scottish Parliament is trying to find a way to ensure
they don't automatically lose all their other entitlements
Capability Scotland. Director of External Affairs, Richard Hamer
"By protecting disabled people's entitlements to free bus
travel and parking the Scottish Parliament can help soften the blow
of welfare reform. Capability Scotland hopes that the Scottish
Government can work with local authorities to find a practical way
of making this happen so that disabled people are not disadvantaged
even further by the Bill."
The Welfare Reform Committee was formed following the Scottish
Parliament's rejection of the UK Government's Legislative Consent
Motion on the Welfare Reform Bill at the end of last year.
The Committee has been tasked with minimising the impact of the
Bill on disabled Scots.