The Scottish Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry, examining the impact of UK welfare policies in Scotland, such as Universal Credit and the two-child limit, and also the implications of transferring some welfare powers to Scotland over the next few years.
The questions that the Scottish Affairs Committee are asking are:
1. What are the unique drivers of inequality in Scotland? Does Scotland have different welfare needs from the rest of the UK?
2. How well is Universal Credit working in Scotland? Are there issues with Universal Credit that are specific to Scotland compared to the rest of the UK?
3. What impact has the Benefit Cap had in Scotland? Have certain communities been more disproportionally affected than others?
4. What is the impact of the Two-Child Limit on families in Scotland?
5. How effective has cooperation been between the UK and Scottish Governments on the devolution of new welfare powers to Scotland?
6. What challenges are posed by the DWP administrating benefits on behalf of the Scottish Government? How can these challenges best be managed?
7. What changes might be necessary to help manage the transfer of claimants and data from the Department of Work & Pensions to Social Security Scotland?
8. What impact could the divergence of welfare policies in Scotland and the rest of the UK have on welfare claimants in Scotland?
Further details can be found on the UK Parliament website.
The Unit is keen to hear more from those providing housing support and / or supported housing about the way the UK welfare policies are affecting the people they work with and their services. The Unit is jointly hosting a roundtable discussion with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations on 17th July for housing support providers in Glasgow taking place from 11am – 1pm. If you would like to take part please contact Yvette Burgess at firstname.lastname@example.org