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Welfare policy in Scotland


The inquiry will examine the effect of welfare policies on the lives of claimants and poverty and inequality levels more broadly in Scotland.

It will:

  • assess the effectiveness of Scottish Choices which provide a unique degree of flexibility for those on Universal Credit in Scotland
  • explore the consequences of Universal Credit policies specific to Scotland, including; inaccessibility in rural areas, and the issue of debt spiralling for those taking advanced payments
  • understand how effective cooperation has been between the UK and Scottish Governments on the devolution of new welfare powers to Scotland
  • evaluate the likely long-term impacts of coronavirus on the devolution of welfare

Read theĀ call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

Read a summary of our key recommendations