This key Scottish Government strategy aims to ensure that sustainable and meaningful employment in a vibrant Scottish economy becomes an achievable aspiration for everyone, with the emphasis and focus shifted to each individual’s ABILITY.
Shifts in organisational culture are proving to be a significant enabler and everyone involved in achieving this must be congratulated but the main issue facing many disabled people who overcome attitudinal barriers remains a rigid, disabling welfare system.
Presenting people with a financial cliff edge which has only got steeper and more daunting with the roll-out of Universal Credit does not present a viable, person-centred transition into the world of (often part-time and / or low paid) work.
Supplementing the devolved employability service with positive, progressive policies such as the Scottish Living Wage and Fair Work First are making a difference, it’s now time for the UK Government to review and revise how we create similar positive, enabling policies in the welfare system.
Let’s have a system that truly does ensure “no one is left behind”.