Smith Commission welfare proposals


I’ve finished some analysis of the welfare devolution proposals that have come out of the Smith Commission, which you can find here: SmithWelfareProposals.

My concerns with what has been proposed are twofold. Firstly, though more devolution of welfare is very welcome, the partial nature of the devolution proposed means that an already complex system will be made even more so to administer and for claimants to access and negotiate.  Secondly, so much of what has been put forward simply is not in the spirit of Scottish devolution as we have known it since 1999. Devolving operation of employment programmes but reserving benefits rules, Jobcentre Plus services and decisions over who can access them is not meaningful devolution of power. Worse, the Scottish Parliament and Government could be drawn into enforcing a welfare regime drawn up in Westminster with no mandate in Scotland.


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