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A New Future for Social Security - Consultation on Social Security in Scotland - Easy Read Version

A New Future for Social Security - Consultation on Social Security in Scotland - Easy Read Version

Thursday, August 11, 2016

ISBN: 9781786523938

Consultation on social security including policy, delivery and operational issues.

Executive Summary

This is an easy read version of the consultation on social security in Scotland.

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

We want to gather views and inform future decisions, including the development of the forthcoming Social Security Bill.

We are consulting on various things 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.

Please send your completed response and your Respondent Information Form by email to socialsecurityconsultation@gov.scot or by post to:

Social Security Consultation

5th Floor

5 Atlantic Quay

150 Broomielaw


G2 8LU

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.

If you would like to take part in any consultation events 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