Date lodged: 12 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the statement in its Social security case transfer: policy position paper, that "We expect to complete the case transfer by 2024... This will be subject to DWP agreeing to match our pace", whether the expected 2024 completion date is liable to delay if the DWP does not agree to its case transfer proposal; when it first sought the DWP's agreement to the 2024 completion date, and when it expects to reach agreement with the DWP.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 26 March 2019
The Scottish Government has been discussing the arrangements for safe and secure case transfer with DWP since June 2018. We are committed to working with existing benefit recipients and stakeholder organisations to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of previous benefit transfers. We will conduct further research with those with lived experience of the benefits system and with stakeholders and will use this to inform joint work between both governments on our overall approach to case transfer. The delivery of devolved social security is a joint project between Scottish Government and UK Government. It is critical that DWP is able to match our pace of delivery in order to achieve the delivery dates announced in our recent Wave 2 statement, including case transfer.