- 21 Oct 2020
Date received: 25 Aug 2020
Date responded: 15 Sep 2020
From 1 May to present:
Copies of any internal correspondence (emails, texts, minutes of calls, minutes of meetings, briefings and/or otherwise) regarding the expected new date (month and/or year) for the full devolved benefit case transfer between the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville.”
All correspondence between Cabinet Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville and Department for Work and Pensions consists of formal signed letters sent in electronic format. The Social Security Directorate maintains a record of such correspondence. In response to your request, a review of that record identified one item of correspondence that was within scope of your request i.e. Letter dated 21 May 2020 from Cabinet Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville to Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Only part of the information within that letter is relevant your request and this is provided at Annex A below.
The remaining information from that document falls outwith the scope of your request as it does not relate to the expected date for the full devolved benefit case transfer.
Relevant information from letter dated 21 May 2020 from Cabinet Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville to Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Nevertheless, in addition to maintaining existing services that Social Security Scotland is already delivering, I believe that we must continue to make preparations to ensure a safe and secure transfer of disability benefits. This will include the Department for Work and Pensions delivering some services on behalf of the Scottish Governments over a slightly longer transitional period.
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