Date lodged: 17 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government when the production of an interim social security charter was ruled out and for what reason.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 2 August 2018
An interim charter was suggested as a possible means of extending the timeline for developing the charter in discussion with the Disability and Carer’s Expert Advisory Group in March. Ministers considered this unnecessary given the intention to submit a charter for Parliamentary approval by the end of the year.
In addition, the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 places detailed legal requirements on Ministers in relation to the development, content and publication of the charter, together with robust arrangements for redress, reporting and accountability, including Parliamentary approval. These legislative requirements would not apply to an interim charter.