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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14497: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that the increase in the care allowance will not be absorbed by the universal credit system.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 7 March 2018


The Scottish Government has agreed with the UK Government, through the Fiscal Framework, that any new benefits or discretionary payments introduced by the Scottish Government must provide additional income for a recipient and not result in an automatic offsetting reduction by the UK government in their entitlement elsewhere in the UK benefits system.