Purpose of Report
1. This report is published under Section 20 of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (the Act) which requires Scottish Ministers to report annually on the performance of the Scottish social security system. The social security system is defined in the Act as the system for giving assistance to individuals in accordance with Part 2 of the Act and regulations made under Part 3. Part 2 covers the type of assistance which would be paid by Scottish Ministers and the processes for determining entitlement from application to appeal.
2. Section 20 of the Act also sets out the requirements for the content of the report. It must include what has been done in the past year to meet the expectations on Scottish Ministers set out in the Charter. The report should also contain an assessment of how the Scottish social security system has affected the circumstances of people whose finances are affected by a person in the household having a protected characteristic listed in section 4 of the Equality Act 2010 (for example age, disability). The report is to be published and laid in Parliament as soon as practicable after the end of the financial year.
3. This report covers the period from Royal Assent (1 June 2018) to 31 March 2019. It also contains an update on delivery of duties in Part 1 of the Act, such as advocacy and the establishment of the Scottish Commission on Social Security. This reporting is not required by the Act but is being provided during the implementation period to give a fuller picture of progress in delivering the new Scottish social security powers. This reporting may not be required in the longer term and will be reviewed at the appropriate time.
4. Social Security Scotland, the Executive Agency responsible for delivering the Scottish social security system, has also published an annual report. That report contains more of the detail on the performance of the Scottish social security system and operational delivery including information on the payments made by it up to the end of March 2019. Social Security Scotland's annual report also includes its audited annual accounts and delivery of its Strategic Objectives. Both reports together provide a full picture of delivery of the system.
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