Legislation

The Scottish Government is introducing legislation to underpin the new Scottish social security system.

Timeline
March 2016 Scotland Act 2016
June 2018 Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 
23 August 2018 Draft Funeral Expense Assistance Regulations (consultation closed)
10 December 2018 The Early Years Assistance (Best Start Grant) (Scotland) Regulations 2018
20 March 2019 The Early Years Assistance (Best Start Grant) (Scotland) Amendment (No.1) Regulations 2019
25 April 2019 The Early Years Assistance (Best Start Grants) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2019
30 April 2019 Draft Carer's Assistance (Young Carer Grants) (Scotland) Regulations 2019
Overview of the legislation

The Scotland Act 2016 devolved 11 benefits to Scotland alongside the powers to create new benefits or top up existing benefits.

The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 establishes the legislative framework for the Scottish Government to deliver the benefits devolved by the Scotland Act 2016 and introduces new forms of assistance. The Act does not bring the Scottish benefits into existence. Detailed rules about each benefit, called 'assistance' in the Act will be in regulations.

As well as basic eligibility information for each benefit, the Act contains:

• eight principles under which the Scottish social security system will be delivered

• rules about claiming benefits

• how information should be communicated so that it's accessible

• what to do if you're unhappy with a decision

• how medical assessments should be carried out

Read more about the Act.