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Welfare Reform Oral Question 20/11/14 [S]

During General Question Time on 20 November 2014 Stewart Stevenson (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what analysis has been published of the impact of welfare reform across Scotland.

The Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess, replied that the Scottish Government has published a range of analysis, reflecting significant concern about how welfare reform is impacting on people across Scotland. That includes analysis of how women and disabled people are being disproportionately affected by the reforms; of how the number of sanctions has been increasing over time; of how food aid provision has grown over time, which is partly because of the impact of sanctions; and of how, over the six years to 2015-16, the cumulative impact of all welfare reform changes means reductions of around 6 billion in welfare expenditure in Scotland. All the analysis is available on the Scottish Government website.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 20 November 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 20 November 2014