Committee seeking views on welfare reform
A parliamentary committee in Scotland has called for suggestions for how Scotland should implement the Welfare Reform Act.
The Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform committee has asked for comments on the general principles of the Scottish Government’s Welfare Reform Bill.
The Welfare Reform (Scotland) Bill proposes that the Scottish Government be given powers to introduce regulations under the UK Welfare Reform Act and amend other Scottish legislation that relates to it.
Michael McMahon, committee convener, said: ‘The aim of this legislation is to ensure Scotland can put in place all the necessary arrangements well before the deadline for the introduction of the new welfare system on 1 April 2013.
‘We are asking people to let us know what they think about how the Scottish Government is planning to bring about the changes required.’
The committee is seeking views on the general principles of the bill and specifically on the universal credit and personal independence payments.
Jamie Hepburn, deputy convener, said: ‘We want to work closely with the Scottish Government to ensure all possible steps are being taken to mitigate the impact of change, including where UK reforms have a disproportionate impact north of the border.’
Submissions should be received by 11 April if individuals wish to be considered to appear before the committee, or by 23 April if you want the issues you raise to be put to Nicola Sturgeon, cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and cities strategy, when she appears before the committee to promote the bill.
Responses should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org