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Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare

Published: 11 Oct 2016 13:25

Communique on the meeting of Scottish and UK Governments.

UK and Scottish government ministers met again today as part of the on-going process to transfer the remaining welfare powers under the Scotland Act 2016.

The group has a rotating Chair and this meeting was led by Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities and Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training, also attended for the Scottish Government.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell and Damian Green, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, represented the UK Government. It was Damian Green's first meeting of the group since being appointed to the DWP in July.

The group discussed matters of mutual interest including progress achieved to date on devolved employability programmes, and next steps towards delivery of these powers from April 2017.

Ministers also discussed on-going work around Scottish Ministers' commitment to pay extra to recipients of Carer's Allowance in Scotland and a future approach to joined up communications on implementation of the Scotland Act 2016.

On the transfer of the remaining welfare sections in the Act, Ministers agreed the next steps which will see the Scottish Parliament taking responsibility for these, with a commitment to hearing a further update at the next joint ministerial meeting.

Speaking after the meeting, Angela Constance, Jamie Hepburn, David Mundell and Damian Green said:

"We made further progress at today's meeting which focused on the range of important issues at the core of implementation of the new powers.

"We were pleased to be able to agree that work should progress on the commencement of the remaining welfare sections in the Scotland Act.

"There remains significant work to do but we have maintained our commitment to constructive dialogue and cooperation which has led to the significant pace of progress made to date."