The Scottish Government has put in place regulations to protect access to its passported benefits to ensure the most vulnerable in Society are protected. For further information on the Regulations see:-
The Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013
The Education (Schools Lunches) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013 prescribes Universal Credit, as defined under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012, as one of the qualifying criteria for free school meals. The objective is to maintain access to free school meals following the introduction of Universal Credit to ensure that anyone who would have been eligible to claim free school meals under existing arrangements does not lose entitlement during the introductory pathfinder period.
An EQIA on the changes has been published.
The Welfare Reform (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013
The main purpose of this instrument is to make consequential amendments to cover the transition from Disability Living Allowance to the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) so as to allow disability related passported benefits to be claimed in Scotland following the introduction of PIP. There are some other consequential amendments made which do not relate to passported benefits.
Supporting documents for this legislation include an EQIA relating to changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme, and an EQIA relating to changes to the Blue Badge Scheme, which will be published shortly.
The Welfare Reform (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) (No2) Regulations 2013
The main purpose of this instrument is to make consequential amendments to allow those who claim Universal Credit (UC) in Scotland, during the introductory pathfinder period, to claim income based passported benefits. UC is replacing 6 income based benefits (Income related Jobseekers Allowance; income related Employment and Support Allowance; Income Support; Working Tax Credits; Child Tax Credits; and Housing Benefit. There are some other consequential amendments made which do not relate to passported benefits.
An EQIA has been completed for changes to income-based passported benefits criteria during the pathfinder period.
The Welfare Reform (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) (No 3) Regulations 2013
It makes consequential amendments to allow for the introduction of the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP), a new UK Government benefit which will be payable to the most seriously injured ex/service personnel. It also makes amendments so that payments from the Scottish Welfare Fund will be disregarded when assessing the disposable income or disposable capital of a person who wishes to receive advice and assistance, or civil legal aid, and further minor consequential amendments to the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2003 to ensure dependants of universal credit recipients are remitted from health charges.
An EQIA in respect of AFIP has been published.