The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) are looking to hear from people about their experience of Universal Credit, as part of their ongoing effort to make improvements to social security in Scotland and the UK.
Universal Credit is currently in the process of being rolled out across Scotland, and is likely to affect the lives of people who use SAMH’s services, and other with mental health needs.
Universal Credit is a new benefit, replacing the following 6 benefits:
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- income Support
- income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Working Tax Credits
SAMH supports the simplification of access to social security and supporting people into work that Universal Credit aims to achieve, but are concerned about its structure and impact on people with mental health problems.
SAMH are committed to supporting people living with mental health problems by influencing policies that may affect everyday life, and worked to help make improvements to the new Social Security (Scotland) Act, with plans to continue to do so now the Act is in effect. They will also continue to campaign for improvements to the UK social security system.
They are currently conducting research, and are looking for people to take part in case studies to help them understand the affect Universal Credit has upon people living with mental health problems. The case studies will inform a future SAMH report on Universal Credit and mental health.
They plan to set up one-on-one interviews with those interested in taking part. They are also happy to travel to meet them if required.
The deadline for interest noted is Monday 1st October.
To register your interest in taking part in these case studies, or for further information, please contact Craig Smith by phone: 0141 530 1084, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org