Linda-Fabiani-MSP-2Linda Fabiani, MSP for East Kilbride has this week welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of social security in Scotland.


The latest stage follows the publication in March of A New Future for Social Security in Scotland.


Despite only £2.7 billion, or 15% of the total £17.5 billion spent here on social security being devolved, the Scottish Government intends to take a different path to that of the UK Government, so as to support those that need assistance, to tackle inequalities, and to take a step towards building a fairer Scotland.


Commenting, Linda said:


“I urge constituents to get involved in the process and respond to the consultation.


“It is possibly the biggest change coming to the Scottish Parliament since devolution, and the Scottish Government has been clear about the challenge it faces. The transferring of devolved benefits will take time for the transition, implementation, and reform too. It is right that as many people as possible help influence how our social security can work better.


“The consultation will enable the views of stakeholders to be reflected in legislation which will be introduced to the Scottish Parliament in June 2017. Constituents who wish to take part should go here:https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/social-security/social-security-in-scotland where they will also have the opportunity to keep updated with stakeholder engagements over the coming months, and to sign up to a weekly newsletter.”


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