Date lodged: 30 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has access to the information and systems that are needed to exercise its powers to top-up reserved benefits.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 7 December 2016
We have made a number of commitments to using our new powers including abolishing the bedroom tax, reinstating housing support for 18-21 year olds, introducing a top up to the Carer’s Allowance to the same rate as the Jobseeker’s Allowance, introducing a new Job Grant for young people, extending eligibility for Winter Fuel payments to families with severely disabled children and a new benefit, the Best Start Grant which will see support for all children being increased and substantially helping families on low incomes.
The Scottish Government has published a Memorandum of Understanding with the DWP on joint working arrangements to implement the Scotland Act 2016, which describes the way in which the Scottish Government can access information and systems that belong to DWP to plan for the exercise of the devolved powers.