Date lodged: 30 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to retract the under-occupancy penalty, introduced through the Welfare Reform Act 2012, in Scotland.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 25 October 2016
The Scottish Government is planning to remove the under-occupancy reduction through Universal Credit (UC), and as such implementation will be dependent on the roll-out of UC, which the UK Government expects to be completed by 2022. Officials are working with the Department for Work and Pensions to consider how best to implement these changes in Scotland and Discretionary Housing Payments will continue to be available for those affected until implementation is complete.