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6 billion cut from welfare budget, 07/04/14 [S]

Reforms to the welfare system could see Scottish welfare spending reduced by around 6 billion over the six years to 2015-16, new analysis published today shows.

The reforms will see a reduction in support for families, children and those with disabilities.

The majority of the total reduction in welfare expenditure in Scotland, nearly 70 per cent, is expected to be in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

The largest reductions in expenditure are from the changes to how benefits are uprated, tax credits and child benefit.

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

Further Information

6 billion cut from welfare budget

UK Government cuts to welfare expenditure in Scotland -Budget 2014