The Scottish National Party has repeated its calls for the full devolution of all social security powers to the Scottish Government.
SNP MSP Kevin Stewart said: “People in Scotland want – and were promised – extensive new powers and instead the Tories have offered the bare minimum.
“While any new powers transferred to Scotland are of course welcome, it couldn’t be clearer that the UK Government simply must go further in order to meet the aspirations of people in Scotland and front-line third sector organisations – and to fulfil the Westminster parties ‘Vow’ to the Scottish people.
The call comes as yet more organisations have expressed “disappointment” over limited powers offered in the Scotland Bill.
They argue that full autonomy over social security would allow the Scottish Government to develop a system which could better support vulnerable people.
Carers Scotland said they were disappointed that “benefits were not fully devolved”, which they claim “would have provided the opportunity to deliver a more cohesive system”.
They added: “With the devolution of a range of current disability benefits for disabled and older people, similar issues of translating the intentions of the Smith Commission into the drafting of the Scotland Bill have been highlighted by carers, disabled people and by a range of organisations.
“These include whether sufficient flexibility and autonomy is given to the Scottish Parliament in developing social security for disabled people.”
Enable Scotland said “the Scotland Bill in its current form does not legislate to devolve responsibility of Access to Work in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament”.
Access to Work is a scheme which helps to support disabled people into employment or remain in their current job.
They believe “devolution of Access to Work is necessary to deliver integrated and accessible Employment Support in Scotland.”
Failure to devolve the scheme “will limit access for disabled jobseekers in Scotland and increase bureaucracy for specialist support organisations and employers”.
They added: “Devolution of some benefits but not all, has the potential to increase this complexity, and therefore people need to be properly supported to ensure they are not disadvantaged”.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation (SCVO) said: “The Scotland Bill does not appear to transfer true social security powers; it seems only to afford the ability to administer and make limited changes to those benefits being devolved.”
SCVO supports calls for an “immediate halt” to the roll out of Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which is replacing Disability Living Allowance for disabled people.
They also oppose the controversial benefit sanctions regime and the UK Government’s plan to lower the benefits cap to £20,000 a year.
Kevin Stewart said it comes as “absolutely no wonder” that third sector organisations “feel let down by the limited social security powers set out in the Scotland Bill”.
They are “seeing first-hand the appalling impact of Tory welfare cuts in communities across the country”, he said.
He added: “The Tories have shown time and time again that they can’t be trusted to take decisions on social security on Scotland’s behalf.
“It’s time that these crucial powers were in Scotland’s hands, rather than in the hands of David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith – and with so many people in Scotland suffering the effects of the Tory austerity agenda, it is vital that these key powers are transferred to Scotland as quickly as possible.”