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Scotland Bill briefing for MPs

Report Stage and Third Reading

This briefing focusses on amendments tabled to the Scotland Bill addressing areas where the
Bill does not appear to meet the intent of the Smith Agreement. Citizens Advice
Scotland is concerned that, as currently drafted, there are risks of detriment
to CAB clients, who sought advice on 220,000 new
benefits issues in 2014/15 and who have been subject to recent changes to reserved tribunals which have
had a marked and detrimental effect on consumers in Scotland.

  1. The power to create new benefits in areas of devolved responsibility
  2. Definition of disability benefit
  3. Definition of carer
  4. Sanctions and the Scottish Welfare Fund
  5. Universal Credit administrative ‘vetoes’
  6. Restrictions to employment programmes
  7. Tribunals
Rob Gowans
Publication date
November 2015
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