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Responsibility for benefits: overview

An overview of which benefits are devolved to the Scottish Government and which remain reserved to the UK Government, following the Scotland Act 2016.
Published:
27 Feb 2017
Responsibility for benefits: overview

Benefits devolved to the Scottish Government

  • Ill Health and Disability Benefits:
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Severe Disablement Allowance
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Carers Allowance
  • Sure Start Maternity Grant (replaced by the Best Start Grant)
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments
  • Discretionary Housing Payments
  • Some powers in relation to Universal Credit (e.g. the ability to split payments between household members)

Benefits that remain reserved to the UK Government

  • Universal Credit, which replaces:
    • Jobseeker's Allowance
    • Employment Support Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Working Tax Credits
    • Child Tax Credits
    • Housing Benefit
  • Contributory Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Contributory Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Maternity Allowance
  • State Pension
  • Pension Credit
  • Bereavement benefits:
    • Bereavement Allowance
    • Bereavement Payment
    • Widowed Parents Allowance

Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Post:
Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG