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A New Future for Social Security- Consultation on Social Security in Scotland (summary version)

A New Future for Social Security- Consultation on Social Security in Scotland (summary version)

Friday, July 29, 2016

ISBN: 9781786523747

The shortened version of the consultation on social security including policy, delivery and cross-cutting issues.

About the consultation and how to respond

Responding online
• You can view and respond to this consultation online at: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/social-security/social-security-in-scotland.

You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open.  You will also be asked to complete a Respondent Information Form to ensure your contribution is formally analysed and considered.

If you are unable or do not wish to respond online
• If you are unable or do not wish to respond online, you will find a copy of an Answer Booklet, along with the Respondent Information Form here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/07/5342/downloads.   This contains all questions in the full consultation document and includes information on how to submit your response. 

Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of Friday, 28 October 2016.

About the consultation

The Scottish Government is publishing a consultation on social security in Scotland, to gather views and inform future decisions, including the development of the forthcoming Social Security Bill.

We recognise that this consultation is lengthy and, at times, complex but we still want to make it as accessible as possible. That is why we have published this shorter, summary version.

Specific areas on which we are consulting which are expected to be reflected in the Bill include:

  • Fixing the Scottish Government’s principles for social security in legislation, including the principle that people should be treated with dignity and respect;
  • Delivering on the Scottish Government’s policy commitments, including our commitments to: increase Carer’s Allowance to the level of Jobseekers Allowance, and replace Sure Start Maternity Grants with a new, expanded Best Start Grant; and
  • Taking a Scottish approach to important social security matters such as helping to ensure that the user’s experience reflects our principles, reviewing and appealing decisions and taking care of each individual’s information and personal data.

The Scottish Government is committed to working with people across Scotland, to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016. We believe that there should be opportunities for everyone to participate in the debates and decisions that matter to them, regardless of their circumstances or backgrounds.

The consultation and the events and engagement sessions that we will hold after its publication represents the next step in facilitating this participation. Holding an inclusive, informed and wide-ranging discussion will be essential to develop the necessary legislation and implement these new social security powers.

Alternative versions

We have also made accessible alternative versions, including Easy Read which can be accessed here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/08/6429.  The consultation is also available in alternate formats on request, including large print, braille, BSL and other languages.  We are happy to receive responses in alternative formats, e.g. spoken responses, other languages etc. British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via http://contactscotland-bsl.org.


Please contact us by email at socialsecurityconsultation@gov.scot or telephone on 0131 244 7763 or in writing at  Social Security Consultation, 5th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU to request an alternative version.