Date lodged: 2 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, following the establishment of a social security agency, whether decisions made by social security agency staff will be taken on behalf of the Scottish ministers.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 9 May 2017
The social security agency will be an executive agency, which means that it will be an integral part of the Scottish Government. The staff, who will be civil servants, will be directly accountable to Ministers and will take decisions within a policy framework that is determined by Scottish Ministers.