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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01752: Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 24 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that there is independent scrutiny of the new social security system and that it meets its aims and expectations.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 31 January 2018

The Scottish Government has been clear for some time that it wishes to have independent scrutiny of the devolved Scottish social security system. That is why I asked the Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group to consider what would be the most appropriate way of providing such scrutiny for the new Scottish system. The Group established a short-life workstream to answer this request, which subsequently provided its response in December 2017.

Based upon their recommendations and advice, the Scottish Government proposes, via Stage 2 amendments to the Social Security Bill, to set up the Scottish Commission on Social Security, an independent body that will ensure there is scrutiny of our new, Scottish social security system.

Such amendments to the Bill are being considered by the Social Security Committee as we are about to start Stage 2 of the Bill process.