Devolved Benefits (Implementation)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Alexander Stewart Alexander Stewart Conservative

2. To ask the Scottish Government what formal assessment Social Security Scotland made over the summer of the implementation of wave 1 and 2 devolved benefits. (S5O-03686)

Photo of Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

Further assessment of the implementation timetable for the devolved benefits, as a result of the introduction of the Scottish child payment, was undertaken over the summer jointly by officials in the Government’s social security programme and Social Security Scotland. The outcome of that assessment was provided to the Social Security Committee in a letter on 4 October, a copy of which is available on the committee’s website. The Scottish child payment position paper, which is available on the Scottish Government’s website, has also been updated to reflect the most recent assessment, and it sets out next steps.

Photo of Alexander Stewart Alexander Stewart Conservative

In a ministerial statement back in June, Aileen Campbell stated:

“Over the summer, officials will carry out further formal assessment of the challenges and develop a clear plan for how to mitigate” in regard to

“information technology systems, staffing, supplier management and our enabling services”—[

Official Report

, 26 June 2019; c 44-45.]

at Social Security Scotland. Will the Scottish Government publish the findings in those four areas and update Parliament?

Photo of Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

As I said in my original answer, we published the findings of the assessments on 4 October, when we confirmed that we will hold to the programme that my colleague Aileen Campbell set out. That information is already available and was given to the Social Security Committee.