15 March 2019

Labour has urged the SNP to come clean over the costs of leaving the delivery of Scotland’s social security powers with the Tory run Department of Work and Pensions.

In a parliamentary answer, SNP Social Security Secretary Shirley Anne Somerville refused to say how much it is costing to keep social security powers devolved to Scotland, with the DWP until 2024.

However, the Scottish Government’s own analysis has previously suggest the move could cost up to £150million.

Labour has now demanded the SNP explain to the Scottish people how much the decision is costing the taxpayer.

Labour Social Security spokesperson Mark Griffin said:

“The SNP has chosen to leave Scotland’s social security powers at the mercy of a Tory government.

“Disabled people will have to wait up to 2024 for their payments to transfer, a decade after the Smith Commission agreed Scotland should have these new powers. One payment – severe disablement allowance – will never be transferred.

“These decisions come at a cost. The government previously suggested it could cost £155million a year to leave the administration of these benefits with the DWP and do nothing, but now the SNP won’t admit how much it thinks it will cost the Scottish people to keep Scotland’s powers with the Tories.

“Surely it has worked out the cost of this move. The SNP government must come clean on this as a matter of urgency.”


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