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


March 2016          Scotland Act 2016

June 2018            Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 

June 2018            Consultation on Best Start Grant Regulations closed

23 August 2018   Consultation on Funeral Expense Assistance Regulations closed

December 2018  The Early Years Assistance (Best Start Grant) (Scotland) Regulations 2018


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.