THE SNP have released a manifesto outlining their commitment to increasing opportunities and protecting people with disabilities from the Tories’ damaging austerity.

The pledges include:

- Incorporate the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into Scots law

- Invest £10 million to increase the number of Changing Places toilets

- Introduce a Child Disability Payment later this year, to be followed by Adult Disability Payment

- Establish a Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity Commissioner through new legislation

- Invest in employability support for low-income and disabled parents through a £15m fund

- Offer financial assistance to people with disabilities standing for election through an Access to Elected Office Fund

The SNP say that these measures will ensure that disabled people can fully participate in public life and remove the barriers to opportunities and choices that people with disabilities can often face.

Social Security Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “We remain committed to tackling the inequalities that disabled people face in society, halving the disability employment gap and removing the barriers disabled people face.”