Cole-Hamilton: SNP must show political will to use new benefit powers

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.”

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