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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

Upcoming events

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Past events

Thursday 17 June 2021
9:00am Private
11:45am Public
Renewable energy in Scotland - Oral evidence 17 June 2021
  • Claire Mack (Chief Executive at Scottish Renewables)
  • Matthieu Hue (Chief Executive Officer at EDF Renewables)
  • Lucy Whitford (Managing Director for UK & Ireland at RES)
  • Steven McMahon (Deputy Director, Electricity Distribution and Cross Sector Policy at Ofgem)
  • Bless Kuri (Head of System Planning at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks)
Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 21 April 2021
9:30am Private
Private meeting 21 April 2021
Virtual meeting
Thursday 18 March 2021
11:00am Private
11:30am Public
Welfare policy in Scotland - Oral evidence 18 March 2021
  • Justin Tomlinson MP (Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work at Department for Work & Pensions)
  • Will Quince MP (Minister for Welfare Delivery at Department for Work & Pensions)
  • Andrew Latto (Deputy Director, Devolution, Pensioner Benefits and Carer's Allowance, Policy Group at Department for Work & Pensions)
  • Margarita Morrison (Area Director, Work and Health Services Scotland at Department for Work & Pensions)
Virtual meeting
Thursday 11 March 2021
11:00am Private
11:30am Public
Welfare policy in Scotland - Oral evidence 11 March 2021
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People at Scottish Government)
  • Callum Smith (Reserved and Working Age Benefits Team Leader at Scottish Government)
  • Catherine Reeves (Social Security Programme Management Office at Scottish Government)
Virtual meeting

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