The key points made by the group include:
- People have a right to social security under human right law. But human rights are missing from the proposals in the Government’s consultation paper.
- The right to social security and the right to an adequate standard of living depend on each other.
- The Scottish Government has said it wants to make economic, social and cultural rights real – this is a golden opportunity to do that.
- Proposals to design a new system alongside people with lived experience of poverty are welcome. This must follow the principles of a human rights based approach.
- Any new social security system must be person-centred and accessible.
- Assessment processes need to respect human rights. They should not disempower or traumatize people.
- The way we speak about people who need social security is important. Language is a powerful way to challenge misconceptions.