Date lodged: 8 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-06491 by Jeanne Freeman on 3 February 2017, whether extending winter fuel payments to families with severely disabled children can be delivered before executive competency for this benefit has been fully transferred once the UK Government has laid the regulations.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 8 March 2017
Changes to existing DWP benefits require the transfer of executive competence. Existing benefits will not transfer at the point at which the UK Government lays commencement regulations this spring, but at a later date or dates, as yet undecided, but no later than 1 April 2020.
The first stage is for the Scottish Parliament to debate and scrutinise the Scottish Social Security Bill which Ministers will lay by June 2017. Scottish Ministers will then make regulations using powers in that Bill to manage the transfer of responsibility for existing benefit recipients to that system.
The Scottish Government’s priority is a safe and secure transfer of social security responsibilities.