Devolved Benefits (Face-to-face Assessments)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 26th June 2019.

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Photo of Maureen Watt Maureen Watt Scottish National Party

Many of us are aware of the often cruel and unnecessary assessments that the Department for Work and Pensions carries out. We have a chance to do things differently in Scotland with our new social security powers. Will the cabinet secretary confirm that, when assessments are needed, they will be delivered through Social Security Scotland and never through the private sector? Will assessments be flexible and be offered at a time and in a place that suit claimants?