Future social security
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 opened a pilot of Child Disability Payment in July 2021, with a national launch planned for the autumn, and the launch of Adult Disability Payment is planned for summer 2022. Both of these are included in our forecast.
Dates are still be confirmed for the devolution of Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments, and for the launch of Pension Age Disability Payment, Scottish Carer’s Assistance and Employment Injury Assistance to replace Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Industrial Injuries Disablement Scheme respectively.