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Rallying call on new powers for Scotland, 24/06/15 [S]

Charities and groups that work with people who receive benefits will play a crucial role in developing Scotland’s new social security powers, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil will say today.

The Scottish Government will today start a series of discussions on the Smith Commission recommendations with Mr Neil asking stakeholders and organisations to consider how new powers could be implemented and how they could help people in Scotland.

These new powers cover various caring and disability benefits and flexibilities over Discretionary Housing Payments, which are used to mitigate the “Bedroom Tax”. An outline vision for the powers to be devolved will be produced by the end of the year.

Mr Neil will say: “In the face of Westminster’s swingeing cuts, the Scottish Government, charities and groups need to rally together to oppose austerity measures and push for positive change."

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

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Rallying call on new powers for Scotland