Balfour’s Disgusting Proposal

Lothian’s Tory MSP, Jeremy Balfour, has come under attack for proposing an amendment to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill that would require terminally ill Scots who hadn’t died within three years to have their benefits claim reassessed.

Balfour appears to have made an embarrassing u-turn and withdrawn the amendment which read “At the end of a period of three years beginning with the day on which the individual applied for such assistance, the individual is still living, the Scottish Ministers must review the individual’s entitlement to assistance.”

The amendment came to light on the Scottish Parliament website ahead of today’s social security committee’s stage 2 hearing of evidence on the Social Security Bill.  Read more

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