Johann Lamont MSP recently launched a consultation on a proposed private member’s Bill in the Scottish Parliament. The consultation period for the Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions) (Scotland) Bill ended today (22 January 2020).
At age 16, the aspirations of disabled and non-disabled young people are broadly
the same. By 26, however, disabled people are more likely to be out of work than
their non-disabled peers, and are three times more likely to feel hopeless and to
agree that “Whatever I do has no real effect on what happens to me”.
The Bill, as set out covers three main big ideas:
- A National Transitions Strategy;
- A Scottish Government Minister with special responsibility for transitions; and
- Transitions plans for every child and young person with a disability.
In principle, the Bill addresses some big issues, but I do think the details and structure proposed need some work.
My full consultation response can be found below.