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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01753: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many staff in Scotland will be employed to implement the newly devolved welfare powers from 5 September 2016.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 August 2016

The transfer of powers in September marks the start of a journey to establish the Scottish social security system and changes will be implemented on a phased basis over the coming years. The transfer of social security powers to Scotland will require a large-scale programme of transition and implementation. This will be on a scale unlike anything experienced since devolution.We are currently assessing the options for delivery of our Scottish social security system, and part of this work will help establish the scale of staff required to resource the agency.