Date lodged: 2 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-10102 and S5W-09096 by Jeane Freeman on 31 July and 8 May 2017, whether it will answer the question regarding which section of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill ensures that, in the disability assistance assessment model, "there will be no contracting with the private sector"; for what reason its previous answers did not respond to this specific question, and whether it will confirm whether this issue is explicitly provided for in the bill.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 15 August 2017
I made a clear commitment in Parliament on 27 April that profit making companies will not be involved in delivering assessments for disability benefits once devolved to Scotland. This was also stated on 8 May 2017 through S5W-09096.
The Commitment I have made in this regard can be delivered, in full, without express provision in the Bill. The Social Security Bill has now been introduced to Parliament for appropriate scrutiny as we proceed to stage 1 of the Bill process following the summer recess period.