Discussion and analysis of the right of the Scottish Government to introduce new benefits

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The Scottish Government has the right under the Scotland Act 2016 (S28) to introduce new welfare benefits with a specific carve out on their right to introduce a new pension benefit or one related to old age.

"This exception does not except providing assistance by way of pensions to or in respect of individuals who qualify by reason of old age."

This obviously begs the question in respect of women affected by the changes to the age at which pension entitlement arises (WASPI women) and does the carve out above mean that the Scottish Government would be precluded from providing a new benefits to these women before their retirement age as this would by definition not be a pension.

Therefore can I see all and any correspondence between the Scottish Government and the DWP in respect of the analysis of this issue including any requests for such clarification from the Scottish Government in respect of the ability to provide a new welfare benefit before the official State Pension Age.

Yours faithfully,

Neil Lovatt

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

I am writing in respect of the request detailed here :
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...
And note I have not received any further correspondence within the timescale stipulated by yourselves. Can you provide an update of the position.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Lovatt

DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

Thank you for your Freedom of Information review request.

Reference: IR 340

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

Reference: IR 340

I still have not received a reply to this request within the timescales stipulated by law. Can you please provide an update?

Yours sincerely,

Neil Lovatt

DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

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Please accept our apologies for the delay and see the attached reply to your Freedom of Information request.
 

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DWP Strategy FoI Team

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