Date lodged: 19 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether executive competence is required to deliver the Maternity and Early Years’ Allowance.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 30 January 2017
Yes, executive competence would be needed to deliver all aspects of the Best Start Grant (formally Maternity and Early Years Allowance). Following the Scotland Act 2016, UK Ministers could transfer their executive competence for maternity payments under existing legislation but Scottish Ministers would still require primary legislation to provide them with executive competence to make the second and school payments of the Best Start Grant. Powers to allow the Scottish Ministers to create the full BSG will, therefore, form part of the Social Security Bill, to be introduced before the end of this parliamentary term.