Benefits Reform

Scottish Alternative believes that the current benefits system is archaic, inefficient and abusable. We propose to completely scrap the benefits system and redo it in a more efficient, fairer way. Scottish Alternative if elected would implement a Card System in place of benefits. The system would contain three types of cards which can be used by the holder to purchase goods and services.


The Temporary Card would be available to anyone immediately after losing their job. The amount on the card would be low and purchases would be limited to necessities. The reason for the restrictions is to discourage abuse of the card as an alternative to a job. The amount on the card would reset every month and would work like a debit card in the sense that it can be used to both purchase in the real world and pay bills online.


The Permanent Card would be available to all those physically unable to work or caring for those physically unable to work. There would be no restrictions on what can be purchased on the card and the amount on the card would be higher to provide for a reasonable living standard. The card would reset monthly and would work the same as a debit card.


The Family Card would be for single parents with children under the age of 16. The amount would differ depending on how many children under the age of 16 were in the household. There would be no restrictions on what can be purchased by the card and it would work the same as the Permanent Card in all other aspects.


The aim of this Policy is to eradicate corruption within the benefits system while ensuring that those in need are still given the full financial support they need.

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