Scottish Government Consultation Devolved Social Security Benefit Powers
Friday, 16 September 2016 15:45
As part of the Scotland Bill, from next year, the Scottish Parliament will be responsible for around 15% of the benefits budget in Scotland, with the rest being retained by Westminster.
The Scottish Government is currently consulting about how best to use its newly devolved benefit powers and has approached Age Scotland to ask for assistance in this process. The Government will have the opportunity to design and deliver a range of benefits: those most likely to affect older people concern disability-related benefits, benefits for carers, cold weather and winter fuel payments and funeral payments.
Age Scotland is holding a series of consultation events so that older people across the country will have the opportunity to have their say about the future shape of social security benefits in Scotland. Views and opinions gathered at our events will be submitted to the Scottish Government.
A consultation meeting is being held on Thursday 13th October at Talbot House, Talbot Street, Grangemouth from 10.30am until 2pm. Tea and coffee will be made available on arrival with the metting starting at 11am, and soup/sandwich lunch will be provided.