Scottish government tries to exempt Scots from having benefits stopped

Holyrood would like this power repatriated from Westminster – around 80,000 Scots have been sanctioned in this way since 2010.

The Scottish government is pressing Westminster to ensure that Scots taking part in voluntary work programmes in Scotland’s newly devolved social security system do not have to face stigmatising sanctions.

Addressing Holyrood on Wednesday afternoon, the employability minister, Jamie Hepburn, called on the UK government to urgently clarify its position after formally asking the UK secretary of state for work and pensions to confirm that Scots taking part in the programmes will be exempt from having their benefits stopped or reduced.

read more here: http://www.welfareweekly.com/scottish-government-tries-to-exempt-scots-from-having-benefits-stopped/

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