Date lodged: 19 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has asked the UK Government lay commencement regulations under section 23 of the Scotland Act 2016 for for the purposes of having executive competence for the delivery of (a) cold-spell heating assistance and (b) winter heating assistance by Social Security Scotland and, if so, what the outcome was.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 14 November 2018
We have not yet asked the UK government to lay commencement regulations in respect of Cold Spell Heating Assistance or Winter Heating Assistance. The timing of the introduction of these new benefits will depend upon implementation and successful testing of the new social security system’s operations. We are determined to get this right and will expect the UK Government to support this change in due course.