This take-up strategy is the first to be published under the provision of the Social Security (Scotland) Act.
The Scottish Government’s first benefit take-up strategy was laid before Parliament this week.
This strategy identifies a number of barriers to benefit take-up, and sets out a person-centred approach to addressing these through policy development, service design and delivery.
It focuses on the devolved payments, setting out their approach to promoting and supporting take-up, and making Scottish benefits accessible to the diverse range of people who will rely on them. The focus on devolved benefits reaffirms the Government’s responsibility for and commitment to social security in Scotland, as well as acknowledging the extent of their direct influence.
As well as setting out the accessible and inclusive policy design and delivery principles. This strategy introduces a number of new initiatives including:
- A new £500,000 Take-up Preparation Fund
- A new fund of £100,000 to assist organisations who support groups of people who face particular barriers to accessing social security
- Establishment of a Stakeholder take-up reference Group
- Two round table events on access to disability benefits and Scottish low-income benefits, bringing together users and practitioners.