The story so far: an update on new social security powers

The Scottish Government recently published an update report around the National Conversation on social security, as part of the Creating a fairer Scotland consultation launched by Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities, and Pensioners’ Rights in June 2015.

The update paper, published this month, provides a summary of the local discussions that have been held so far across Scotland, and presents ideas on how the powers to be devolved to Scotland could be used to help build a fairer society. It is anticipated that a further paper will be published by the end of the year, setting out the Scottish Government’s vision for social security in Scotland.

The Fairer Scotland consultation aimed to start a national conversation around the issues that matter to people in Scotland, including ideas to help create a “fair and simple social security system” by 2030, echoing proposals put forward within the final report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare, which was issued in June 2014.

The Fairer Scotland’s set of questions complemented the existing submissions being made to other related consultations, such as the recent Welfare Reform Committee’s call for evidence (see below), to enable all organisations to feed in to the process of discussing and implementing new social security powers.

The call for responses to this consultation closed on 2 October 2015. Please click on the following link to the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and HSEU response to the Fairer Scotland consultation.

For more information, there is a regular weekly newsletter being produced by the Fairer Scotland team.


The Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee conducted a call for evidence into the future delivery of Social Security in Scotland, looking at how the proposed devolved powers stemming from the Smith Agreement could be used in the future.

The inquiry asked the following key question:-
How should the new welfare powers proposed by the Smith Agreement be used to improve or change:

  • Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance & Carer’s Allowance;
  • Universal Credit (Housing Element & administrative arrangements) and Discretionary Housing Payments;
  • Work Programme and Work Choice;
  • Regulated Social Fund, new benefits, top ups and delivery of benefits overall?

ThisĀ call for written evidence closed on Friday 28 August 2015.

Please click on the following link to the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and HSEU response to the committee’s inquiry.



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