The SNP Scottish Government has taken steps to mitigate the worst aspects of Westminster’s welfare reform. Since 2013, the Scottish Government has spent over £100 million a year to protect people from the worst aspects of Tory welfare cuts.
We are fully mitigating the Bedroom Tax in Scotland, and we have pledged to abolish the tax completely when we have the powers to do so.
Since its establishment the Scottish Welfare Fund has helped more than 357,350 households. The Fund provides Crisis Grants for when someone experiences a disaster or emergency, and Community Care Grants to enable independent living.
We have restored Westminster’s cut to Council Tax support through the creation of Council Tax Reductions – protecting the incomes of almost half a million people on low incomes.
Universal Credit is entirely reserved to the UK Government. We are using our very limited powers to support people in how they are paid, protecting people in Scotland. People on Universal Credit in Scotland can opt for Universal Credit Scottish Choices which means they can choose to be paid twice monthly and for their rent to be paid direct to landlords, making it easier for people to manage their money.
Following the UK government decision to scrap the UK-wide scheme, we have safeguarded the support for 2,600 disabled people through the Scottish Independent Living Fund. We have now created an extra £5 million fund to support young disabled people make the transition into adulthood.
The Scottish Government has launched their new social security system, the first new Scottish public service since devolution. The system will be based on dignity and respect, and we have confirmed that there will be no contracting with the private sector in our assessment model. You can read more about this here.