Future social security

As of April 2020, devolution of the areas of social security set out in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 is almost complete.

While executive competence has been devolved for most payments, several continue to be administered by the Department for Work and Pensions under Agency Agreements. While this continues, we produce forecasts of spending under UK Government policy, switching to forecast the new Scottish benefits when sufficient policy details are available.

The Scottish Government has launched nationally Child Disability Payment on 22 November 2021, and has launched Adult Disability Payment in August 2022. Both of these are included in our forecast. Responsibility for Cold Weather Payment will transfer to the Scottish Government in winter 2022 and, its replacement Winter Heating Payment, is included in our headline forecasts from 2022-23 onwards.

Dates are still be confirmed for the launch of Pension Age Disability Payment, Scottish Carer’s Assistance and Employment Injury Assistance, which will replace Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit respectively.