Consultation response: The Disability Commissioner (Scotland) Bill

It is wrong that disabled people are more at risk of being pushed into poverty in wealthy Scotland. Evidence relating to disabled people’s poverty is stark. Some 41% of children living in poverty come from a household containing a disabled adult or child. This represents almost double the overall figure for child poverty in Scotland (24%).1 It is therefore very difficult to meet our child poverty targets without addressing disabled people’s poverty.

The Scottish Parliament Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee are carrying out an inquiry into the
Disability Commissioner (Scotland) Bill. We are broadly supportive of creating a Commissioner, but we want them to have legal powers to make real difference to policy, and to be a champion of disabled people’s rights.

You can read our submission in the window below, or download it from here.

Disability commissioner response May 2024 (1)

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