Welfare Reform

Recent changes to the welfare benefits system are the biggest for 60 years and are having a profound impact on the people of Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. 

The changes come at the same time as the UK economy is experiencing low economic growth, rising unemployment and increasing levels of personal debt. The combination is likely to widen the health inequality gap, increase poverty and have a negative impact on the local economy. Click here to see reference document

Welfare reform affects both people who are unemployed and people in work. Over 50% of people who are considered to be living in poverty are in work and often claim benefits such as working tax credit.

The Scottish Government has recently published the consultation document A New Future for Social Security for Scotland to seek views on the devolved powers over disability benefits and some other elements of the social security system. 

Your Right to Social Security in Scotland is a short film clip about Scotland's new social security powers, produced by the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

Welfare Reform and the NHS

Health practitioners are already reporting increased demand for services as a consequence of financial worries. There is also likely to be -

  • an increase in diseases relating to poverty
  • increased demand for mental health and primary care services
  • a negative impact on carers
  • an impact on NHSGGC staff who are on low wages, work part-time or who have a family member affected.

The following documents provide more detailed information on the welfare reform changes and what NHSGGC are doing to try to lessen the impact on patients.

NHS Documents 

Welfare Reform - NHSGGC Key Priorities 2016-18

Personal Independence Payment

Mitigating the Impact of Welfare Reform on Health & NHS Health Services - Chief Medical Officer's Letter

Mitigating the Impact of Welfare Reform on Health & NHS Health Services - Outcome Focussed Plan

Welfare Reform Impact Presentation - January 2014

Guide for NHSGGC Staff on Money Worries


GPs at the Deep End

Deep End Report - Improving partnership working between primary care and money advice services

Deep End Report 21 - GP experience of Welfare Reform in very deprived areas

Deep End Report 21 Summary

'Deep End' Report - GP experience of the impact of austerity on patients and general practices in very deprived areas


General Information

Pulling In Different Directions? - the impact of economic recovery and changes tp social security on health and health inequalities in Scotland

Help for people applying for disability related benefits 

Impact of Welfare Reform on people with HIV and Hepititis

Early Impacts of Welfare Reform on Rent Arrears

The Bedroom Tax in Scotland - Oct 13

GHA Welfare Reform Policy Briefing

GHA Bedroom Tax Briefing

Welfare Reform Summary- Disability UK

ScotPHN Impact of Welfare Reform on Health (Literature search indertaken by NHS Highland in preparation for Parliamentary Finance Committee in June 2012 and interim guidance for NHS boards on mitigating impact)

Tipping Point- the human and economic cost of cutting disabled people's support

Benefit Changes Timetable

Confronting Myths About The Benefits System

Welfare Reform Impact on Women - summary  - full document

Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform

Preparing for Universal Credit Implementation: Key questions and answers for Local Authorities

Gender & Welfare Reform

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