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Social Security (Scotland) Bill 26/04/2018 A Bill allowing the Scottish Government to make the first social security payments later this year has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Social Security (Scotland) Bill

A Bill allowing the Scottish Government to make the first social security payments later this year has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Social Security Scotland, the new agency, will be responsible for the delivery of 11 devolved benefits to 1.4 million people a year, worth around £3.3 billion.

“This is a historic moment, one that sets up a new public service for Scotland,” said Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman. She described the system as “rights based, with a right to independent advocacy for those who need it; fast-tracked arrangements and no arbitrary timescale for people with terminal illness; the right to have a supporter and the right to challenge decisions without having your money instantly cut.”

“Many people and organisations have played their part in creating this Bill and we are grateful to them all. It is a milestone piece of legislation,” she said.

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