Social Security (Scotland) Bill

Social Security Scotland nears £200m payment milestone in first year

The progress made in building Scotland’s new public service has been outlined today, a year since the Social Security (Scotland) Bill 2018 was passed in Parliament.

Published 25 April 2019

Social security charter laid for Parliament approval

A document which outlines the eight principles that will guide Scotland’s new social security system is to be considered for approval by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 11 January 2019

Social Security (Scotland) Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

MSPs have granted final approval to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill which will pave the way for the Scottish Government to make the first social security payments later this year.

Published 26 April 2018

Disabled people to be offered social security advocacy rights

A right to independent advocacy services is to be extended to more people under Scotland’s new social security service.

Published 20 April 2018

Ministers ‘future-proof’ social security with commitment to inflation-linked payments

Key benefits will be future-proofed to ensure they hold their value in real terms under Scotland’s new social security system, social security minister Jeane Freeman has said.

Published 2 March 2018

Bill amendment to ensure extra support for social security applicants

Anyone applying for social security assistance under Scotland’s new system will have a right to have someone with them during assessments or meetings, under new plans by the Scottish Government.

Published 19 January 2018

Social Security Bill endorsed by Holyrood as framework agreement reached with COSLA

Legislation to set up a Scottish social security agency passed its first hurdle at the Scottish Parliament yesterday as MSPs unanimously agreed the general principles of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill.

Published 20 December 2017

Commitment to expert scrutiny of social security system reiterated

The Scottish Government has repeated its commitment to allow Scotland’s new social security system to be open to independent scrutiny.

Published 18 December 2017

Social Security Bill ‘does not allow for adequate parliamentary scrutiny’

Changes are needed to ensure that the Scottish Parliament can scrutinise the detail of how Scotland’s new social security system will operate, according to a report issued by Holyrood’s social security committee.

Published 14 December 2017

SFHA ‘concerned’ over social security bill’s tenancy sustainment capabilities

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has accused the Social Security (Scotland) Bill of saying little about the powers the Scottish Government could exercise that would assist tenants who need help to sustain their tenancy.

Published 30 August 2017

Landmark social security bill published by Scottish Government

Historic legislation to establish Scotland’s first social security system has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

Published 21 June 2017