Stirling MP Steven Paterson is calling on local residents to take part in a consultation launched by the Scottish Government on the future of social security in Scotland.
Many in Stirling, including sick and disabled people, reliant on welfare support and many organisations in Stirling involved in supporting individuals and families who use the welfare system.
The consultation will run for a total of 13 weeks and is seeking views on the benefits being devolved to Scotland, as well as how they are delivered.
The process of transferring power, for the Scottish Parliament to make legislation in relation to a limited number of benefits, including disability and carers payments, passed an important milestone this month when regulations were laid at Westminster to begin the transfer.
The Scottish Government is now a step closer to bringing forward its own social security legislation, to implement these changes over a number of years.
Once fully devolved, these social security powers will account for around £2.7 billion, or 15% of the total Scottish benefit bill. The remainder of benefit spending in Scotland will remain under control of the UK Government.
The consultation will run until 28th October, with social security system users, advice and representative organisations, other 3rd sector and public sector organisations, and anyone with an interest in social security in Scotland being invited to participate. You can get to the consultation on this link https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/social-security/social-security-in-scotland
Steven Paterson said:
“This consultation will help to inform the process of creating legislation for a fairer social security system – one that treats people with respect. In my role as Stirling’s MP, I see first-hand how decisions on welfare made by a right-wing Westminster Tory Government can have a devastating impact on my constituents here in the Stirling area.
“These limited new powers will not be a magic wand – 85% of benefit spending will still be in the hands of the UK Government – but they will however enable the SNP Government to put in place a number of measures that will benefit people across Scotland, including increasing Carer’s Allowance to the level of Jobseeker’s Allowance, and replacing the Sure Start Maternity Grant with an expanded Maternity and Early Years Allowance.
“I would urge constituents and organisations in Stirling to take part in this consultation and help us ensure that we are able to build a Scottish Welfare System that is based on the fundamental values of dignity and respect.”