What Benefits Are Being Devolved To Scotland?

Still wondering which social security benefits are being devolved to the Scottish Parliament? This may help.

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Below is a list of all the welfare and social security benefits being devolved to the Scottish Parliament, as part of the recommendations made by the Smith Commission.

The total monetary value equates to £2.6bn (14.6%) of all benefits expenditure in Scotland (2013/14). This excludes £400 million spent on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and Scottish Welfare Fund, which are already devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Benefits expenditure in Scotland represents just 8.5% of the entire welfare budget in Great Britain, according to the Scottish Government.



The Scottish Government says they should also be given powers over ‘administrative changes to Universal Credit and to vary the housing cost element’.

Holyrood also believe’s that Scotland should be allowed to ‘create new benefits’ and top-up existing ones which are administered by the UK Government.

Attendance Allowance

To help with personal care for individuals aged 65 or over with a physical or mental disability.

Carer’s Allowance

To help an individual look after someone with substantial caring needs. To be eligible the individual must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Help if your disability or health condition means one or both of the following are true:

  • You need help looking after yourself
  • You have walking difficulties

DLA is closed to new working age claimants and being replaced by PIP.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or disability for individuals aged 16 to 64. Replacement for DLA for working age individuals.



Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

For individuals who are ill or disabled as a result of an accident or disease caused by work or while you were on an approved employment training scheme or course.

Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA)

For working age individuals who are unable to work due to illness or disability. SDA is closed to new entrants.

Cold Weather Payment

A payment for individuals on certain benefits when the temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

Funeral Payment

For individuals on low income and needing help to pay for a funeral they are arranging.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

A one off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having your first child for individuals who are in receipt of certain benefits.

Winter Fuel Payment

A tax-free payment to help pay for heating bills if you were born on or before 5 July 1952 (Current State Pension Age for women).

Discretionary Housing Payments

Additional help for those in receipt of Housing Benefit and having difficulty meeting their rent payments. Paid at the discretion of the Local Authority (LA).



What They Cost (2013/14). Source: Scottish Government
What They Cost (2013/14). Source: Scottish Government

You can find out more about the benefits being devolved to the Scottish Parliament here.