Date lodged: 10 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what work it has done to determine how split payments for universal credit will be made relative to the elements received, and what the potential employment scenarios for couples were.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 January 2018
The Scottish Government has been engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including women’s organisations, to develop policy options for delivering split payments of the Universal Credit award; including how the different elements of the UC award would be split between members of a household.
Four meetings took place in 2017 (1 September, 2 October, 30 October and
15 December). We are also undertaking scenario modelling to understand further, the implications of the different policy options on both Universal Credit claimants who are employed and unemployed to ensure there are no unintended consequences.