Date lodged: 5 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether principle (d) in the Social Security (Scotland) Bill will allow agency staff to provide people with one-to-one support and help them understand what reserved benefits they are entitled to.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 18 December 2017
Principle (d) - if amended in the manner the Scottish Government intends - will place a legal duty on Scottish Ministers to ensure that people are given what they are entitled to under the Scottish system. It would be inappropriate to extend such a legal duty to also cover other forms of assistance that the Scottish Government has no responsibility for either developing or administering.
However, in line with our commitment to a rights based approach, agency staff will provide one-to-one support, where appropriate, and help people to understand what further support they may be entitled to, including reserved benefits and wider assistance available from other services.