When will the Scottish Government begin delivering benefits being devolved in the Scotland Act 2016?

The Scottish Government has launched their new social security system, the first new Scottish public service since devolution.

Social Security Scotland made its first payments in September 2018, delivering the Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This increases the Carer’s Allowance by 13% and is an investment of more than £30 million a year to support carers in Scotland.

These first payments mark the beginning of a service that sees social security as an investment in our people.

This is part of the biggest transfer of powers since devolution began and we have always been clear that by the end of this parliamentary term the Scottish Government will be delivering the devolved benefits we will have responsibility for.

The new benefits devolved to Scotland will include:

  • Disability Living Allowance / Personal Independence Payments
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Winter Fuel Allowance and the Cold Weather Payment
  • Sure Start Maternity Grant
  • Industrial Injuries Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Funeral Payment

As 1.4 million people rely on these benefits we have to make sure we get that in place and get it right for them – ensuring that everyone reliant on benefits receives the money to which they are entitled on the day when it is due. That’s why the safe and secure transition of the devolved benefits remains our absolute priority.