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
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.