Commenting on a new report into Scottish Government’s implementation of its social security powers from the Auditor General, which notes that the Scottish Government “hasn't yet got a clear understanding of what's needed to deliver the more complex benefits to come, or how much it will cost”, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“On paper the SNP’s slow and steady approach to benefits makes a degree of sense.
“However it is starting to feel like a party who promised to set up the entire welfare state of an independent nation in 18 months is trapped in a holding pattern.
“We can’t keep pushing back the responsibility. We have people who could benefit from the use of these new powers, we just need the political will to make a change.”