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), what (a) staff, (b) financial resources and (c) staffing hours it has committed to the feasibility studies for the delivery options for an income supplement.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 18 February 2019
Information on the number of staff hours per week being used to develop policy on the income supplement and take forward the options appraisal is not available. This differs in teams across the organisation who contribute to the policy and is dependent on individual working patterns.
The proposed budget for Social Security Advice, Policy & Programme within the Social Security and Older People Portfolio is £77.8 million in 2019-20. This budget will include funding for supporting the development of the income supplement.