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PART 1TENETS AND OVERSIGHT

Assessments

14Assessments only to be required where necessary

It is implicit in the principle (expressed in section 1(d)) that respect for the dignity of individuals is to be at the heart of the Scottish social security system that—

(a)an individual should not be required to undergo an assessment in order to be given assistance unless that is the only practicable way to obtain the information needed to determine what assistance the individual is eligible to be given, and

(b)the Scottish Ministers should take into consideration any preferences an individual has expressed to them about where and how any assessment is carried out.