Question:

Do you think experience panels will help to create a fairer social security system for Scotland?

Results:

Yes 89% (47 respondents) No 11% (6 respondents)

Your comments: 

Think Experience Panels will help to create a fairer social security system for Scotland

“Yes, definitely! I’m very happy to be on the core group having designed the charter and now the measurement framework” 

“Experience panels are an excellent idea and will ensure we get it right by involving the people who use the services.”

“I really hope they will. The current system is actually adding more stress on to people who are already living with very significant levels of stress that adds to their difficulties.”

“A great example of the Scottish Government leading the way and adopting a human rights based approach to devolved social security.”

“I’ve been on the panels since they launched, it’s a huge step in the right direction to consult the public to help shape policy rather than charging ahead with decisions without any thought about the implications!”

“True coproduction – a commitment to nothing about us without us. Well done Scottish Government!”

“A lived experience is much more valuable than an inexperienced opinion.”

“I think they will help give a better system as people are being allowed to Express views and concerns about how they have been treated etc and how they have found problems with the current system and if these points are listened to then it should make a difference.”

“The public should be involved in shaping the social security system! Decisions should not just be made at politician level as they don’t know what it is like to live on disability benefits.”

“Hopefully when DLA and PIP are devolved then Social Security Scotland will set up a Motability service that reinvests in its members that lease the cars and scooters and doesn’t rip people off to make huge profits and pay obscene salaries..”

Do not think Experience Panels will help to create a fairer social security system for Scotland

“User experience and opinions have been sought before by DWP’s, etc. but clearly NOT taken into consideration – yet another ploy to attempt to convince the user they have been consulted and their opinions and experiences valued!”