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CAS responds to Social Security Bill.

Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the new Social Security Bill, introduced in Parliament today by the Scottish Government.

CAS social security spokesman Rob Gowans says,

"Scotland’s new social security system is an opportunity to make sure people get the support they need. Last year, Scotland’s CAB network advised people on over 74,000 new issues related to the benefits that will be devolved under this Bill, and from their experiences we know how the new powers can be best used to support them.

"Whilst full details of the new system are still to be decided, there is much to be welcomed in today's Bill, We welcome in particular the principle that the Scottish Government should have an active role in making sure people receive all the support they are entitled to, the setting out of people’s rights in a clear Charter, and the pledge that claimants won’t lose benefit payments during an appeal.

"Citizens Advice Scotland looks forward to working with the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government to make sure the new system is as good as it possibly can be, including ensuring a fair and streamlined appeals process, making improvements to the assessments system and ensuring appropriate scrutiny of all the different benefits rules."