Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare

Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare


Together, with my colleague Keith Brown, who is the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy Jobs and Fair Work, Keith and I will meet
the two ministerial teams in charge of overseeing the transition of the new
powers, and we have responsibility for the delivery and implementation of those
new powers and it’s important Keith and I work closely it with the UK Government
to update on progress, information and ensure that the
transition is absolutely seamless, and today we
have the first meeting of the Joint Ministerial Working Group on welfare
feel it since the new government in Scotland took office. We will have new responsibilities for
delivering the employment support in the Scottish Government including support
for those with disabilities and those at risk of long-term unemployment, under
the new Scotland Act. Today we are making clear to UK government ministers
that we will use our new employability powers to take an approach that will
promote sustainable economic growth as well as inclusion, fair work and social
justice. We have not only effectively tripled
support which is available for 2017-18, but we are now building on
responses to the consultation and making the most of the strengths in our existing services. This creates, I believe, a very strong
platform for delivering the future services from April 1st 2018. As the
new Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, I’ve been
setting out my personal vision for social security in Scotland, and I am absolutely
determined that dignity and fairness will be the heart of everything we do.

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