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Consultation on Social Security Powers

The Scottish Government opened a consultation on one of the largest transfers of powers since devolution.

This article describes details of the social security consultation.

As part of the Scotland Act 2016, a wide range of powers will be transferred from the UK Government in Westminster to the Scottish Government in Holyrood.

Included in this further devolution is a range of social security powers. Once these powers are fully devolved they will account for around £2.7 billion - or 15% of the total Scottish benefit bill.

Benefits being transferred to Scotland are:

  • Ill health and disability benefits - including:
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Severe Disablement Allowance and
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Sure Start Maternity Grants
  • Funeral Payments
  • Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments
  • Discretionary Housing Payments
  • Some powers in relation to Universal Credit.

Benefits to remain reserved to the UK Government are:

  • Universal Credit
  • State Pension and Pension Credit
  • Contributory Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Maternity and Paternity Pay

The Scottish Government will run a 12-week consultation to shape how the social security system will work, and what payments will be prioritised first.

The SFHA has been contacting members to gather their views about the consultation and will run a number of member events.

The closing date of the consultation is the 28 October 2016.

The consultation can be found here

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