Scotland Act



Scotland Act 2016 receives Royal Assent

The Scotland Bill has completed its Parliamentary stages and received Royal Assent to become the Scotland Act 2016.

Published 24 March 2016

Scotland facing £2bn funding gap by 2020, warns think tank

The next Scottish Government faces a funding gap of more than £2 billion each year by 2020, with tax rises alone unlikely to eliminate spending and welfare cuts, a think tank has found.

Published 8 March 2016

Think tank calls for single Scottish department for tax and welfare

The Scottish Government should have a single department responsible for both new tax and welfare powers due to be devolved, according to Reform Scotland.

Published 7 March 2016

Scottish Government recommends approval of Scotland Bill

The Scottish Government has recommended that the Scottish Parliament consents to the Scotland Bill.

Published 2 March 2016

Scottish Government to outline welfare principles and priorities

The Scottish Government is to set out the key principles that will underpin its approach to welfare following the agreement of the fiscal framework.

Published 29 February 2016

A third of Scottish benefit claimants ‘unable to get by’

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has urged Holyrood to use new powers to create a fairer welfare system after a poll revealed over a third of benefit claimants are ‘unable to get by’ on the income they receive.

Published 10 December 2015

More welfare powers added to Scotland Bill

New welfare legislation will bring about big changes for Scotland that can make a difference to the lives of people in Scotland, Scottish secretary David Mundell said yesterday.

Published 3 November 2015

David Mundell promises Scotland Bill will be ‘game-changer’ for welfare

The Scottish Government will be able to "top up" tax credits and child benefit payments as part of new powers coming to Holyrood, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has confirmed.

Published 12 October 2015

Scottish Government could refuse to recommend Scotland Bill

The Scottish Government is threatening to block the Scotland Bill unless improvements are made to give “flexibility and fairness” over new powers devolved to Holyrood.

Published 17 September 2015

SFHA gives evidence to Parliamentary committee on further welfare powers

The Scotland Bill has the potential to enable social landlords to support and transform tenants’ lives though sections of the it fail to meet the “spirit or substance” of the Smith Commission, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Published 3 September 2015

Scottish ministers seek welfare and employability powers

Scotland’s fair work and social justice ministers are to press UK ministers to fully honour the Smith recommendations on powers over welfare and employability.

Published 20 July 2015

Women ‘hit hardest by welfare reform’, warn MSPs

Women are being hit hard on multiple fronts by changes to the benefits system, according to a report published by Holyrood’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Published 6 July 2015

RICS puts housing on emergency budget wish list for Scotland

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland has called on Chancellor George Osborne to use his upcoming emergency budget to ensure stability and growth in the Scottish property sector.

Published 3 July 2015

CIH Scotland asks members to help create a better social security system

CIH Scotland is seeking input from its members on how they think new powers in the Scotland Bill can improve social security in Scotland.

Published 1 July 2015

UK government votes down Scotland Bill’s welfare amendments

Amendments to the Scotland Bill which would effectively give the Scottish Parliament the power to design its own welfare system have been rejected by the UK government.

Published 1 July 2015