1 April 2020

Commenting on the news that the transfer of social security powers and responsibilities from Westminster to Holyrood has been halted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Scottish Labour Social Security Spokesperson Mark Griffin said:

“After delays with the roll-out of the new social security system in Scotland this news will come as a disappointment to many.

“While Scottish Labour fully understands and respects the decision arrived at by the UK and Scottish Governments, it is imperative that successful transfer of social security powers is secured at the earliest date possible.

“With the exponential increase in claims for Universal Credit precipitated by the coronavirus epidemic, the focus of the Scottish and UK governments must be on ensuring that those who need help in this crisis get it as a matter of urgency.

“The Scottish Government should also set out how it will support local authorities as the number of people accessing the Scottish Welfare Fund increases.”
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