Bill to Make System More Efficient & Effective
Improving the way the Scottish system of social security delivers for people in need of support is at the heart of new legislation.
The Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill enhances the rights of Social Security Scotland clients in a number of ways, following a public consultation last year.
Titled ‘Scotland’s Social Security system: Enhanced administration and compensation recovery’, this ran from 4 August to 27 October 2022 and a majority of the respondents supported the proposals.
The Bill will bring in a right to late re-determinations and appeals in exceptional circumstances, the right to withdraw a request for redetermination, and the right to challenge a decision that someone is liable in a situation where an overpayment has been made.
It will also continue to enhance the design of the system, maximising choice for those who use it while delivering good value for money.
Additionally, the legislation will enable the Scottish Government to recover the cost of devolved social security benefits from compensation awards in situations where someone has had to claim payments as a result of a third party’s fault.
A public consultation, titled ‘Scotland’s Social Security system: Enhanced administration and compensation recovery’ ran from 4 August to 27 October 2022 and a majority of the respondents supported the proposals.