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And it will be the English taxpayer who has to pay for setting it up & funding those ‘flexibilities’

As set out in the Programme for Government, Scottish Ministers have already committed to the introduction of a Social Security Bill in the 2016-17 parliamentary session – that bill will establish a new Scottish social security agency to oversee the administration of devolved benefits worth £2.7bn.

Through the Scotland Bill the Scottish Government will receive powers over 11 existing disability & caring benefits including Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Carers Allowance as well as control over funeral payments,  Sure Start Maternity grants and cold weather & winter fuel payments.  It will also receive the power to top-up & create new benefits through the Scotland Bill and will have several flexibilities to alter the way in which Universal Credit is paid by Department for Work and Pensions.

ScotGov: New benefits agency for Scotland

Put aside speculation on Transition costs; Use ‘hindsight’ to foresee the ‘real’ issues ~ See also Editorial Commentary below

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