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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22612: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 10 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the social security principle in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 that “social security is itself a human right and essential to the realisation of other human rights”, what measures are in place to ensure that a human rights-based approach directly informs the development of the Scottish social security system, policy, guidance and regulations.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 26 April 2019

The social security charter sets out the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a human rights approach. This is being embedded in all aspects of our work to build a new social security system for Scotland including policy, guidance and regulations.

Further, in scrutinising and reporting on regulations, and delivery against the charter, the newly established Scottish Commission on Social Security has a legal duty to have regard to any relevant international human rights instruments.