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Welfare powers transferred to Scottish Parliament 06/09/2016 A number of new welfare powers have been transferred to the Scottish Parliament under the Scotland Act 2016.

Welfare powers transferred to Scottish Parliament

A number of new welfare powers have been transferred to the Scottish Parliament under the Scotland Act 2016.

These include powers to:

  • Create new benefits in devolved areas.
  • Top up reserved benefits (such Universal Credit, Tax Credits and Child Benefit).
  • Make discretionary payments and assistance.
  • Change employment support.
  • Make changes to Universal Credit for the costs of rented accommodation.
  • Make changes to Universal Credit on the timing of payments and recipients.

In addition, from 1st April next year, the Scottish Parliament will take on the power to make discretionary housing payments. Other welfare powers (including responsibility for carers and disability benefits, maternity payments and funeral payments) will transfer at a later date.

“For the first time,’ said Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, ‘the Scottish Parliament will be able to legislate to create entirely new benefits and also to make significant changes to UK benefits that people already receive. These are important new powers that will sit side-by-side with Holyrood’s new tax-raising powers.”

“The UK Government is working with the Scottish Government on technical aspects of the new welfare powers,” he added. “I look forward to seeing how Holyrood ministers plan to use them - as well as the parliament’s wide-ranging new tax powers - in the future.”

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