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Overview of responsibility for social security powers:

Benefits which remain reserved to the UK Government

Benefits being devolved to the Scottish Government

Universal Credit which replaces:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Child Tax Credits and
  • Housing Benefit

Ill Health and Disability Benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit


Contributory Job Seekers Allowance

Carers Allowance

Contributory Employment Support Allowance

Sure Start Maternity Grant

(to be replaced by the Best Start Grant)

Child Benefit


Maternity Allowance

Funeral Expenses

State Pension

Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments

Pension Credit

Discretionary Housing Payments

Bereavement Benefits:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Bereavement Payment
  • Widowed Parents Allowance

Some powers in relation to Universal Credit

(i.e to split payments between household members)