Social Security (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament is currently considering the Social Security (Scotland) Bill.

The Social Security Bill transfers powers over some benefits to the Scottish Parliament.

What's happening in Parliament?

Stage 1

The Committee read and heard a great deal of evidence

Committee members took part in workshops to understand the issues people face when claiming benefits

Top row (L-R) Jatin Haria, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights; Moira Sinclair, Your Say Workshop participant; David Semple, PCS Union. Bottom row (L-R Carers talk to a Committee member at a workshop held by the Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project (MECOPP); Emma Ritch, Engender.

The Committee made recommendations based on the evidence received and what people said at the workshops

“Thank you to everyone who wrote or spoke to us. You gave us valuable insights into how the system works in practice.” Clare Adamson, MSP, Convener

The Parliament debated the Bill, and agreed to the general principles, on 19 December 2017

Stage 2

The Committee considered amendments to the Bill at its meetings in January, February and March 2018

Stage 3

The Stage 3 debate is expected to take place in the last week of April. We will update this page again after that.

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