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.
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.