government publication

Scottish welfare fund statistics: 1st April to 31 December 2013

Publication that provides information on the Scottish Welfare Fund over the period 1 April 2013 to 31 December 2013.

Future model for community justice in Scotland

Consultation document that invites views on the details of the proposed new model for community justice in Scotland.

The impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: interim report (fourth report of session 2013-14)

The removal of the spare room subsidy, also known as the bedroom tax or under occupation penalty, came into force on 1 April 2013. The aim of the policy was twofold: to reduce housing benefit expenditure, and to use existing public sector housing stock more efficiently.

The government estimated that 80,000 claimants in Scotland would be affected by the bedroom tax, with an average weekly loss of £12. This represented approximately 33% of the working age housing benefit claimants in Scotland.

What works: evidence centres for social policy

An introductory report by HM Government on the background to, and nature of, the new What Works centres that have been launched to support evidence-based approaches across the UK. 

Keys to life: Improving quality of life for people with learning disabilities: easy read version

The new learning disability strategy in Scotland, following on from and building on the principles and successes of The same as you, the original review of services for people with a learning disability, published in 2000.

Keys to life: improving quality of life for people with learning disabilities

The new learning disability strategy in Scotland, following on from, and building on the principles and successes of The same as you?, the original review of service for people with a learning disability, published in 2000.

The expert working group on welfare

The Expert Working Group on Welfare was established to review the Scottish Government’s work on the cost of the current benefits system, their plans for delivery of benefit payments in an independent Scotland, and provide views on transitional issues that would be relevant to the continued delivery of benefit payments in the event of independence.

This report presents a preliminary forecast of benefit spending in Scotland through to 2017-18 that covers the actual costs of the payments to individuals, and the costs to government of administering these payments. 

Draft self-directed support statutory guidance on care and support

Document that contains draft statutory guidance on the values, principles legal duties and powers associated with social care assessment, support planning and review. The guidance covers adults, children, young carers and adult carers. It has been developed by Scottish Government with contributions from a joint working group of key partners which included the Association of Directors of Social Work, Self Directed Support Scotland, Independent Living in Scotland, the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland and the Carer’s Trust.

Interim report on inquiry into decision making on whether to take children into care

Report into an inquiry to examine the processes involved in deciding whether or not to remove a child from the family home and to consider whether these are consistent across the country.