See this, from the Scottish Government, yesterday:
‘A new amendment has been tabled to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, which would remove any time qualification for people who are terminally ill. Current UK legislation for disability benefits and Universal Credit specifies that the definition of terminal illness is someone likely to die within 6 months. Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman has put forward an amendment to ensure that it will be entirely down to the clinical judgement of medical professionals to identify when a person is terminally ill, and this will ensure they can be automatically fast-tracked to the highest rate of disability benefits when they are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.’
It been some time since I considered the notion of Scotland, most of its politicians and most of its people being a bit different from the UK, many of its politicians and many of its people. The above, on its own means little but when you combine it with these below, I think it reveals a difference that makes a difference, and which adds to the case for independence:
More evidence of becoming a better nation as SNP ‘future-proof’ social security
NHS Scotland: 27% increase in kidney transplants including 10% increase from living donors as ‘UK’ level falls to eight-year low
Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?
Scotland first again, again and again: women on public boards?
8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?
As England’s prisons sink into crisis, Scotland’s prisons benefit from a ‘consistent government’ with ‘political guts’
Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.
Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?
Scotland takes nearly 26% of Syrian refugees settled in UK with only 8% of the UK population
In a year of terrible events, we can still feel that this wee country is getting better as it drifts away from the callous, post-imperial, values of Tory Britain
Scots more likely to give to charities, to volunteer or to sponsor others
Scottish Government to fight alongside UN to defend disabled against Tory cuts.
Could Scotland end homelessness?
Scotland has lower poverty rates than England: JRF Excerpt 1
Scots the least respectful of the upper classes: More evidence of a difference that makes a difference?
Wha’s like us? Lots of good folk in England, I know, but sadly not enough of them to counter the nasty Tory voters.