Date lodged: 2 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what access the Scottish social security agency will have to entitlement data for reserved benefits that are paid by the Department for Work and Pensions, and whether it has sought an agreement with the UK Government on sharing such information.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 30 August 2017
A legal basis for DWP giving data to the Scottish Government (and vice-versa) is provided by section 34 of the Scotland Act 2016. We are currently involved in on-going discussions with DWP officials around data sharing to determine where we need to put in place data sharing agreements. Each of the devolved benefits requires separate consideration as different information may be needed to support the administration of each benefit. All data sharing will be undertaken in line with the General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into force from 25 May 2018.