Date lodged: 20 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Department for Work and Pensions regarding using powers devolved under the Scotland Act 2016 to vary the (a) allowances, (b) premiums, (c) components and (d) elements within reserved benefits, and what the outcome was.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 4 May 2017
Discussions between the Scottish Government and Department for Work and Pensions are on-going.
Recent discussions about using powers devolved under the Scotland Act to vary elements within reserved benefits have focused on Scottish Government flexibilities through Universal Credit and the Benefit Cap and implementation of the UK Government’s policy to end automatic entitlement to Housing Benefit for 18-21 year olds.