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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21777: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to raise awareness of the changes to pensioner credit for mixed age couples that are effective from May 2019.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 5 March 2019

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People wrote to Guy Opperman MP, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion on 19 February to outline the Scottish Government’s opposition to this policy change. We have asked that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) share with the Scottish Government details of the impact assessment for this policy, and to clarify the repercussions for Scottish citizens.

We currently await a response from the UK Government on this matter.