Welfare Reform in Scotland
UK Welfare Reform Act 2012 received Royal Assent on 8th March
2012. Although welfare is a reserved matter for the UK Parliament,
the changes and cuts being introduced by the UK Government will
impact on people and services of Scotland.
On 22 December 2011, Scottish Ministers took the unprecedented
step of partially refusing legislative consent for those parts of
the UK Welfare Reform Bill relating to elements of Universal Credit
and Personal Independence Payment. This resulted in the
Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Act 2012 which
gives Scottish Ministers powers to make changes to Scottish
legislation relating to 'passported benefits', so that these could
operate under the new benefits regime.
The Scottish Government is committed to working with our
stakeholders to better understand the impact of these reforms and
to deliver on our new devolved responsibilities. For more
information, please visit the Welfare
Reform pages of the Scottish Government website.