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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01838: Ross Thomson (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-00074 by Jeane Freeman on 29 June 2016, what process will be used to identify the location for the social security agency; what the timeline will be, and when the final decision will be announced.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 26 August 2016

As set out in our response to question S5O-00074, we are not yet at the stage of making a decision on the location of the new social security agency. We are undertaking a detailed business case to explore how the agency and wider social security system will work in Scotland. This will consider how each benefit might be delivered and how people will access the service, including staffing and accommodation requirements. This work will also be informed by the results of the social security consultation published on 29 July 2016.