On appointees, the bill will permit ministers to appoint a person to obtain benefit payments on someone else’s behalf, if the claimant is a toddler, or if they’re an grownup and agree to the appointment. The committee agrees that operational detail sits best in guidance. However, we wish the bill to set out the overall safeguarding ideas that will underpin that guidance, maybe offering for mechanisms to problem appointee choices, to ensure that periodic reviews are undertaken and to resolve disputes. As the cupboard secretary mentioned, we additionally suggest that that steerage ought to be statutory. We welcome the fact that the Scottish Government is open to those suggestions and will give them consideration.
I welcome the truth that, up to now two years, we now have paid the best start grant and provided one of the best begin meals card to almost 100,000 Scots households, and that we now … Read MoreRead More »