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Welfare Reform Oral Question, 02/03/15 [S]

During Topical Question Time on 3 March 2015 Clare Adamson (SNP) asked the Scottish Government  what its response is to the findings of the research commissioned by the Welfare Reform Committee, which suggests that parents and disabled people are being hit hardest by the United Kingdom Government’s welfare reforms.

The Minister for Housing and Welfare Margaret Burgess replied, that this report highlights the scale of the damage inflicted by the UK Government’s cuts and changes, and it adds to the growing evidence base on the negative impacts of welfare reform on Scottish households. The changes that are being introduced are placing parents and disabled people under intolerable strain as they struggle to cope with them.

The Scottish Government is doing all that it can to help those affected, and we will have invested around £296 million from 2013-14 to 2015-16 to limit the damage of the reforms. Within the powers and resources that we have, we cannot fully mitigate all the effects of welfare changes, but we will continue to make the argument for a fairer welfare system.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 3 March 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 3 March 2015