In a major milestone for devolution, the Scottish Parliament has backed the establishment of a Scottish Social Security System with dignity and respect at its heart.

A unanimous vote on Wednesday 25th April saw Holyrood pass the Social Security (Scotland) Bill at Stage 3, giving the Scottish Government the powers to deliver eleven benefits devolved as part of the Scotland Act 2016.

The design of the Scottish Social Security System was informed by widespread public consultation with those with direct experience of the benefits system.

Commenting, SNP MSP Ruth Maguire, who sits on Holyrood’s Social Security Committee, said:

“The establishment of this new public service for Scotland is a historic moment. This is the first time we will have a Scottish Social Security System – and we will not miss the opportunity to do things better and meet the needs of the people of Scotland .

“When Scotland has the power, we take a different and fairer approach than the Tories at Westminster.

“We are ensuring a rights based approach that puts the interests of people first – ensuring that the Social Security Scotland has dignity and respect at its heart.”