Welfare policy in Scotland Contents


Conclusions and recommendations

1 Introduction

Our Inquiry

Report Structure

2 Approaches to welfare taken by UK and Scottish governments

Benefit take-up

Child poverty targets

Social Security Charter

Joint Service design and delivery

3 Intergovernmental working and data sharing on social security in Scotland

Intergovernmental working on welfare in Scotland

Administering welfare: Processes, organisations and systems in the multi-agency context

Agency Agreements

Data Sharing

Scottish Government perspective on data sharing

UK Government perspective on data sharing

4 Accessing Social Security in Scotland

Accessing and signposting social security in Scotland

Reducing the complexity for people experiencing poverty

Reducing the complexity for agencies who support people in poverty

Job Centre Plus and work coaches in Scotland

Devolution of disability benefits to the Scottish Government

5 Universal Credit: Digital by default

Universal Credit – digital by default system

Accessing Universal Credit

Help to Claim

6 Does Universal Credit reduce poverty in Scotland?

Adequacy of Universal Credit in Scotland

Universal Credit and the covid-19 crisis: £20 uplift

Work allowances in Universal Credit

Universal Credit and the five week wait for a first Universal Credit payment

DWP and sanctions

7 Universal Credit Scottish Choices

Uptake of Scottish Choices

Lack of awareness of Choices

Waiting to access Scottish Choices

Initial administration issues

Discussion of Scottish Choices

Future roll out of further Scottish Choices

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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