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Welfare Reform in Scotland

The 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.