The Scottish Government's top priority on the transfer of benefits is safe and secure transition so everyone will receive the benefits they are entitled to, at the right amount at the right time.The complexities of delivering benefits are challenging but also very exciting for the Scottish Government.The Scottish Government has a formal agreement with the UK Government that additional benefit payments made by the Scottish Government will not be clawed back elsewhere. Benefits paid by the UK Government, including Income Support and Tax Credits, will not be affected by the Carer's Allowance Supplement.The Carer's Allowance Supplement will not result in any reduction in the amount of Universal Credit people receive.This will be based, wherever possible, in places that people already visit so that the agency's services can be joined up with other related support.Depending on their preference people will also be able to engage with the agency through a range of additional options including online and by phone.This included mapping existing provision, considering existing evidence and wider Scottish Government policies, discussions with young carers themselves, and carer organisations through the Young Carer's Allowance Working Group, and a review of the responses to the social security consultation. Work is underway taking expert opinion and views from people with direct experience of the current social security system through Experience Panels.This will help deliver an agency that embodies dignity and respect, and that is sensitive and responsive to different needs and requirements.
Until we take over all of the Carer's Allowance, the Scottish Government will be dependent on the DWP for data about who is receiving Carer's Allowance in order to make the payment.
The Scottish Government does not yet have responsibility for all the benefits which will be devolved.
There is a process which needs to be followed, which means the Scottish Government cannot deliver devolved benefits until required changes to legislation by the UK Government have taken place, the Scottish Government has its own legislation and there is delivery infrastructure is in place. The Scottish Government's social security bill is currently going through the Scottish Parliament and is expected to be passed by summer 2018.
There are powers set out in the Bill to allow for our other commitments on carers.
The additional payment for carers of more than one disabled child will take place once we have we have full responsibility for Carer's Allowance, and other changes are for further down the line.