Date lodged: 29 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statements by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People to the Social Security Committee on 17 January 2019 (Official Report, c. 23), how many commercial, public and private sector partners are assisting with the feasibility studies for the delivery options for an income supplement, and who these partners are.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 18 February 2019
An options appraisal is being taken forward over the coming months, to examine potential policy and delivery options for the income supplement, which will include consideration of the feasibility of each option. This options appraisal will be undertaken by Scottish Government officials.
As part of this process, we are engaging, where necessary, with relevant UK Government departments, including HMRC and DWP, to better understand delivery issues and complexities. We are also engaging closely with a range of stakeholders, to determine their views on the income supplement and how it could be delivered. This includes local authority representatives, third sector organisations, and academics.