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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21291: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

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), whether it will provide details of the scope of the work that it is undertaking with HMRC; whether it has shared an outline of this work with stakeholders, including the Give Me 5 coalition, and whether it will place full details of this work in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) when it provides its first update on the Every Child Every Chance delivery plan.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 18 February 2019

As part of the income supplement options appraisal we are engaging with relevant UK Government departments, including HMRC and DWP, to determine the feasibility of delivering the income supplement through a reserved benefit. Initial discussions have taken place with DWP and HMRC to outline the commitment contained in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, identify relevant issues for further consideration, and determine how we can best engage with each other as this work continues.

We are engaging closely with stakeholders, including representatives of the Give Me Five campaign, as the options appraisal work is taken forward.

The options appraisal will be published at the same time as my first progress report to Parliament on the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.