Welfare Reform in the Scottish Parliament

My submission to the consultation on the Welfare Reform (Further Provisions) Scotland Bill is here. The main point is technical, but in a nutshell the issue is that the Scottish Parliament, and Scottish local authorities, do not have the power to do things in relation to benefits that English local authorities can do. At present that means that when the Social Fund is abolished, the Scottish authorities will not be able legally to do what they need to do to protect people who are vulnerable.

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