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S5W-16863: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-16576 by Jeane Freeman on 23 May 2018, whether it will publish its timetable for bringing Social Security Scotland to steady state.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 6 June 2018

The Scottish Government is implementing social security in a phased and controlled way to ensure safe and secure transition to the 1.4 million people who rely on this support. Our plans for delivery of the first wave of benefits and the establishment of the agency are on track and we have made good progress, as recognised by the recent Audit Scotland report.

The 13% increase through the Carers Allowance Supplement will be delivered this year and Best Start Grant and Funeral Expense Assistance by Summer 2019. We have started recruitment for the staff of our new agency Social Security Scotland, both at the headquarters in Dundee and locally.

This staged approach to implementation will continue for the delivery of the rest of the devolved benefits. Delivery dates for further benefits will be announced in due course.