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Devolution of welfare powers to Scotland

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The Scotland Act 2016 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations, SI 2016/759, set out the start dates for sections of the Scotland Act 2016 relating to social security powers to be devolved. These provisions transfer powers to the Scottish Parliament to make legislation for social security benefits, including universal credit, top-up of reserved benefits and the creation of new benefits. The commencement dates are:

  • Section 65 (Office of Communications) will be commenced on 18 August 2016.
  • The bulk of part 3 of the Act relating to welfare benefits and employment support will be commenced on 5 September 2016.
  • Section 25 (Discretionary housing payments) will be commenced on 1 April 2017.

The first Scottish employment support schemes will start operating in April 2017. Once all of the powers are transferred, the Scottish government will have control of 15% of current social security spend in Scotland. See

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