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Home rule: The case for full devolution of housing benefit debt


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Home rule: The case for full devolution of housing benefit debt

The publication of the draft legislation, Scotland in the United Kingdom: An enduring settlement, which will enact the Smith Commission’s recommendations for further devolution to Scotland, has led to a row about who will hold power over welfare reform. In particular, the requirement that the Scottish government must consult with the UK government on devolved welfare policy has given rise to the complaint that Westminster ministers will have a veto on abolition of the spare room subsidy, the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ Whether or not that is true – and the text in question looks to me like the usual arrangements for consultation within federal or quasi-federal systems – the argument could readily be put to bed by taking housing benefit out of the universal credit and devolving it entirely. >


By IPPR, UK.


Governance Policy Resource.

Poverty and devolution: The role of devolved governments in a strong national social security system debt


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Poverty and devolution: The role of devolved governments in a strong national social security system debt

Levels and forms of poverty vary greatly across the UK. This report assesses the impact of different localised approaches to reducing poverty, and which aspects of the UK social security system would be best suited for devolution to the national governments. 


By IPPR, UK.


Governance Policy Resource.

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