Alternatives to Cash - Social Security (Scotland) Bill - Briefing

August 2017

Other than in carefully defined and restricted circumstances, all social security benefits should be delivered in cash rather than in kind.

This briefing note sets out CPAG Scotland's main concerns around the provisions within the Social Security (Scotland) Bill on the types of assistance to be given.

As the Bill is currently drafted, it gives a future government the power to remove entitlements to cash benefits, entirely through secondary legislation.

CPAG are concerned the Bill introduces more flexibility than is needed and sets out possible alternatives.