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Friday, 29 July 2016

Scottish Government Opens Consultation on Social Security in Scotland

29/07/2016 – The Scottish Government is looking for views from across Scotland in order to shape the country’s first ever social security system.

Today the Scottish Government launched a 13 week consultation looking for views on the benefits being devolved to Scotland, as well as how they are delivered.

The process of transferring power, for the Scottish Parliament to make legislation in relation to a limited number of benefits, including disability and carers payments, passed an important milestone this month when regulations were laid at Westminster to begin the transfer.

The Scottish Government is now a step closer to bringing forward its own social security legislation, to implement these changes over a number of years.

Once fully devolved, these social security powers will account for around £2.7 billion, or 15% of the total Scottish benefit bill. The remainder of benefit spending in Scotland will remain under control of the UK Government. 

The full consultation and response options can be accessed at the following link: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/social-security/social-security-in-scotland


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