The Future Delivery of Social Security in Scotland - Call for evidence

Whilst the devolution of some aspects of Social Security continue to be debated during the passage of the Scotland Bill, the Welfare Reform Committee has opted to focus on the practical implementation of the social security schemes outlined in the Smith Agreement.

The Committee invites all interested individuals and organisations to submit written evidence on the Smith Agreement and how we can use the proposed devolved powers to better deliver benefits in Scotland. The Committee is tacking this inquiry in four workstreams and wants to know:

How should the new welfare powers proposed by the Smith Agreement be used to improve or change:

a) Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance

b) Universal Credit (housing element and administrative arrangements arrangements) and Discretionary Housing Payments

c) the Work Programme and Work Choice

d) the Regulated Social Fund, new benefits, top-ups and delivery of benefits overall.

Under these workstreams the Committee would particularly welcome:

  • Practical suggestions to ensure that the principles of dignity, respect, support, equality and common sense are embedded in the new system.
  • Views on the integration of Scottish devolved benefits with existing devolved powers and any unintended consequences of changes.
  • Systems of intergovernmental working in relation to benefit delivery

The call for evidence is now closed.

The deadline for the receipt of written evidence was Friday 28th August.

Submitting written evidence to the Committee

Submissions should ideally be no more than 4 pages of A4. Responses should be sent, wherever possible, electronically and in MS Word format to the following email address: [email protected]

Views can also be shared with the Committee using the response form below (please leave your name and email address in case we need to contact you regarding your submission) or they can be sent by post to: Clerk to the Welfare Reform Committee, Room TG.01, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP. 

Before submitting your evidence please read the Parliament’s Policy on Treatment of Written Evidence by Subject and Mandatory Committees


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