The Scottish economy grew by 0.9% in February and is now 7.4% below pre-pandemic levels. The hospitality industry remains the hardest hit sector of the economy however, with the easing of lockdown restrictions late last month, there is some hope for this industry.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has placed Scotland’s social care system under enormous strain. This, along with an ageing population with ever more complex care needs, means that social care reform might be one of the major policy issues for all parties to grapple with at the 2021 election and beyond.
Our third election podcast looks at some of the key policy issues that have arisen in the campaign this week – the social security system and how it supports disabled children and pensioners, the economy and an action plan for growth, and employability support. We’re also joined by Jenni Davidson from Holyrood Magazine for her thoughts on the campaign so far.
Among the most notable powers to be devolved during the last parliament were those over disability and carer benefits. Here, we set out how this crucial element of Scotland’s social security system works for those of non-working age and what issues the parties might grapple with at the 2021 election.
A range of new social security powers have been devolved to the Scottish Parliament in the last few years relating to disability and carer benefits. The 2021 election may see different parties talking about elements of these new benefits, and how they could be changed over the course of the next parliament. In this briefing, we set out the main benefits in Scotland that have been devolved and are relevant for working age adults with a disability and those who care for them.
Our latest report presents evidence on Scotland’s adult social care system for people with learning disabilities. We review a wide evidence base and find that, despite positive progress, the system still falls short of enabling people with learning disabilities to attain the quality of life that was envisaged in key government strategies.
In this podcast, we explore how young people with learning disabilities or other additional support needs could be better supported as they transition out of the education system and into adulthood. We also have a fascinating conversation with five young people who have recently gone through the process themselves.