The Committee supports the general principles of the bill.
135. The Scottish Government is very grateful to the Conveners and Members of the Social Security Committee, the DPLRC and the Finance and Constitution Committee for their thoughtful and helpful consideration of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. It also offers its thanks to the numerous stakeholders who provided both oral and written evidence. This has not only formed the basis of the Committee's Stage 1 report, but is also vital component in the on-going co-design of the new social security system in Scotland.
136. The Scottish Government is pleased that the Committee supports the general principles of the Bill and the consultative approach that it is taking to develop the Scottish social security system. The Scottish Government hopes that its response to the Committee's report is helpful and that it provides Committee Members – as well as the wider public – with the confidence that it continues to produce a legislative framework for social security that enables and supports a system that is consistent with the principles of dignity, fairness and respect.
Social Security Directorate
15 December 2017
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