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    The Scottish Government has said it could gain devolved powers to create new benefits for tenants who have been hit by welfare reform.

    The Scottish Government has said that ministers in Westminster are considering ‘rewording’ parts of proposed legislation which gives some housing benefit powers to Scotland, reports Inside Housing.

    The Scottish Government have said that the redrafting would be in three areas which includes the power to create new benefits and to supplement other welfare payments.

    A major commission set up by the government and led by Lord Smith last year called for the devolution of certain benefit powers over to Scotland, including allowing the Scottish government to ‘top up’ welfare payments, including housing benefit, using its own funds.

    The Scottish Government also want Westminster to cancel the Work Programme contract north of the border and devolve the scheme’s resources and legal powers to Scotland.

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    March 13, 2015 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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