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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19331: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will list the data-sharing requirements that it lodged with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 14 September 2018, and what timescale it has set to implement a data-sharing agreement between the DWP and the Scottish Fiscal Commission to allow the commission to produce the fiscal forecasts required for all devolved benefits.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 23 October 2018

There is a Memorandum of Understanding between the Scottish Government and the Department for Work and Pensions, which covers joint working arrangements for the implementation of devolved provisions in the Scotland Act 2016 relating to Social Security and Employment Support Services in Scotland. This was published in October 2016, and sets out the data-sharing protocols between both parties. The Scottish Government continues to support the Scottish Fiscal Commission, acting as facilitator between it and the Department for Work and Pensions in regards to their data-sharing needs.

However, as the Scottish Fiscal Commission is an independent body, it is not appropriate for Scottish Ministers to comment on behalf of the Scottish Fiscal Commission with regard to their data-sharing requirements.