Skip to main content

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 the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

Welfare policy in Scotland survey

We launched a survey asking for people to tell us about their experience with the benefits system in Scotland, the survey has now closed.

Many thanks to all who completed the survey. 

Read more information about the survey