The Future of Social Policy in Scotland: Will Further Devolved Powers Lead to Better Social Policies for Disabled People?

Kirstein Rummery, Craig McAngus

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Scotland has laid claim to being ‘different’ from the rest of the UK with regards to disability policy. This article examines the evidence for that with regard to long-term and social care, and discusses the possibilities opened up by the devolution of disability benefits. It asks whether Scotland will demonstrate policy divergence from the rest of the UK, and whether that is likely to be beneficial for disabled people. It argues that Scotland has the potential to create better social policies for disabled people, but faces significant challenges in doing so.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-239
Number of pages6
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015



  • social policy
  • devolution
  • disability
  • welfare
  • social care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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