Social Security

  • First local jobs for Social Security Scotland

    27th April 2018 by

    This week I announced the first stage of recruitment for the 400 locally based jobs with Social Security Scotland. Every one recruited to these jobs will be working to set up our local presence across the country. They will be building our local presence to frontline social security staff delivering face-to-face support in communities across…

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  • A historic moment

    26th April 2018 by

    Last night the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to pass the Social Security (Scotland) Bill. This was a historic moment for our Parliament. Not only does it mark the biggest transfer of powers since devolution began, it heralds the first social security system in Scotland and a new public service for the people of Scotland. That…

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  • Setting strong foundations for social security in Scotland

    24th April 2018 by

    We are now just one day away from MSPs debating the legislation that will enable the single biggest transfer of powers to the Scottish Parliament since devolution. As far back as 2016 we have been talking to and, importantly, listening to many individuals, organisations and groups with direct and personal experience of the current UK…

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  • Social Security System: Terminal Illness

    23rd April 2018 by

    Working through the best approach to terminal illness for our new social security system in Scotland has been the most challenging thing I’ve faced as a government minister. It is both sensitive and difficult because a diagnosis of terminal illness brings with it a significant impact on the individual and their family and implications for…

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  • Best Start Grant: Extra financial support for low income families

    13th April 2018 by

    Almost at the end of the Easter holidays and I know many families are busy with activities and outings. It’s a time for lots of fun but can also end up being expensive – especially for families with more than one child. And for low income families, it can be even harder to find the money….

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  • Social security progress

    29th March 2018 by

    The creation of a completely new social security service for Scotland is a major undertaking. It is the most significant transfer of powers since devolution and the programme that we have in place to deliver this is large and complex. We have our own governance structure and controls to make sure that we are on…

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  • Experience Panels update – we’re listening and already acting on your feedback

    27th February 2018 by

    Ever since we began our consultation in 2016, we have been clear that our social security system would be built with the people who will actually use it. This is why we formed our innovative and unique Experience Panels last year and recruited over 2,400 people with experience of the current benefits system to help…

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  • Funeral Expense Assistance – illustrative regulations published

    6th December 2017 by

    Losing a loved one is a difficult and distressing time. A time that can be made even harder if money is tight. And while it is important that where we can, we plan and save for our own funeral, not everyone can afford to put money aside to do that. So it is important that…

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  • Universal Credit choices – what they mean for landlords and tenants

    4th October 2017 by

    From 4 October the Scottish Government will offer people living in Scotland and in receipt of the UK Government’s Universal Credit the choice to: be paid either monthly or twice monthly; and have the housing costs in their award of Universal Credit paid direct to their landlord. Our main focus has been on the positive…

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  • Universal Credit – Scottish choices

    3rd October 2017 by

    Yesterday, in parliament I once again called on the UK Government to halt the rollout of full service Universal Credit, a fundamentally flawed system that is causing unnecessary hardship and suffering to families across Scotland. Universal Credit is failing the people it is designed to support, driving more people into poverty. The in built six…

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