Scottish Affairs Committee

Welfare policy in Scotland inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

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Scope of the inquiry

The Scottish Affairs Committee today launches an inquiry into Welfare in Scotland. The Committee will consider the following questions:

  1. What are the unique drivers of inequality in Scotland? Does Scotland have different welfare needs from the rest of the UK? 
  2. How well is Universal Credit working in Scotland? Are there issues with Universal Credit that are specific to Scotland compared to the rest of the UK?
  3. What impact has the Benefit Cap had in Scotland? Have certain communities been more disproportionally affected than others?
  4. What is the impact of the Two-Child Limit on families in Scotland? 
  5. How effective has cooperation been between the UK and Scottish Governments on the devolution of new welfare powers to Scotland? 
  6. What challenges are posed by the DWP administrating benefits on behalf of the Scottish Government? How can these challenges best be managed?
  7. What changes might be necessary to help manage the transfer of claimants and data from the Department of Work & Pensions to Social Security Scotland? 
  8. What impact could diverging welfare policies in Scotland and the rest of the UK have on welfare claimants in Scotland? 


Terms of reference: Inquiry into impact of welfare policy in Scotland launched

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