Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

Closes 21 Apr 2024

Social Security

Social security is a human right and is essential to the realisation of other human rights.  None of us know when we might need it. It is a shared investment to help build a fairer society, together.  Social security is key for disabled people, including neurodivergent people and people with learning disabilities, to gain independence from families, boost their social participation and support their ability to live with dignity. It can enhance the productivity, employability and economic development of disabled people. And, ultimately, help to tackle inequalities and allow every person in Scotland to live with dignity, fairness and respect.  

We know that neurodivergent people and people with learning disabilities are less likely to be in employment and are therefore more likely to need social security support. For those who are in employment, we know that they may also need social security support if they are unable to work full time, or to help with the additional costs of being disabled.

Neurodivergent children and young people, and children and young people with learning disabilities, and their families, may also need support with the additional costs of being disabled.

What can the Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill do?

Proposal 1 National and Local Strategies

Requiring Social Security Scotland to report on, and evaluate, how its inclusive communication strategies have taken into consideration the needs of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people.

Proposal 2: Mandatory training for social security staff

We have set out proposals for mandatory training for health and social care staff and we invite views on whether there are other public sector areas this should extend to.  

With regard to Social Security Scotland, we are aware that there is likely to be a significant proportion of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people who are eligible for social security, given the employment rates. We could therefore explore whether there is a need for training on learning disabilities and neurodivergence to be a statutory requirement for some Social Security Scotland staff. 

Proposal 3: Data collection

We have set out broad proposals on data in the overarching themes section. To better understand neurodivergent and learning disabilities groups and their needs, including how many people are accessing social security benefits, current data reporting could be disaggregated further. For example, current data reporting on Adult Disability Payment ADP in Scotland has a category for “autism and other developmental disorders” but does not report on learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or other conditions separately. 

Please tell us what you think.

Related information

Consultation Questions

The questions in this document refer to information contained in our consultation document and various alternative formats which can all be found here

You need only answer questions in the sections most relevant to you.

Which of these proposals do you agree with (if any), please tell us why?
Which of these proposals do you not agree with (if any), please tell us why?
Is there anything else that we should consider in relation to social security?