Scotland's much-vaunted belief that it is fairer than the rest of the UK is under the spotlight, says Kirstein Rummery, as new powers reopen old questions about the best way to support disabled people.
With the devolution of further powers under the forthcoming Scotland Bill, there is an opportunity to create a devolved system of welfare that is fair, universal, simple and sustainable. Scotland has long maintained that it is different and fairer to the rest of the UK when comes to its approach to welfare and care; now it has the means to prove it.
What do welfare proposals in the SNP manifesto mean? Craig McAngus investigates. This post originally appeared on The Conversation.
The SNP’s 2015 manifesto devotes significant space to welfare. The future of the welfare state was a very important issue in the Scottish referendum campaign, with the Yes campaign arguing the only solution to fixing it was for an independent Scotland to taking full control over social security and the wider welfare state.