Scotland’s new social security agency jobs to be located in Dundee and Glasgow

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In one of the biggest changes following devolution, the following benefits are being devolved to Scotland:

Ill Health and Disability Benefits:

Disability Living Allowance

Personal Independence Payment

Attendance Allowance

Severe Disablement Allowance

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Carers Allowance

Best Start Grant

Child Benefit

Funeral Expenses

Cold Weather and Winter Fuel Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments

Some powers in relation to Universal Credit

A new agency will be set-up in Scotland to manage these benefits and the Scottish Government has already promised to treat those in need with a bit more compassion than is often the case in England. I feel sure the good folk of Dundee and Glasgow can provide the kind of people, with a bit of empathy, required for the jobs. The First Minister said on this:

‘Having powers over newly devolved benefits presents an exciting opportunity to create a social security system for Scotland that is fairer and based on dignity and respect.’

Though the HQ will be in Dundee the 1 500 jobs will be split evenly between the two cities to ‘spread the economic benefit across the east and west of Scotland.’

It’s good to see a bit of much-needed de-centralisation away from Edinburgh to two cities that deserved to benefit more from devolution. Personally, I’d have put the parliament in Perth.

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4 thoughts on “Scotland’s new social security agency jobs to be located in Dundee and Glasgow

  1. macgilleleabhar September 19, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Totally agree about the the placement of the new agency and also see Scone / Perth as a better position for a Scottish parliament. If disappointed Aberdeen and it’s hinterland shows commitment to Scotland it could be considered for some sort of energy agency after independence but the future energy hub could be further north.

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  2. Clydebuilt September 20, 2017 / 9:05 am

    Some people are bound to see a link between new powers for Holyrood and Jobs.
    Quite a powerful message.

    New Bridge , new jobs. . . SNP Good

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    • johnrobertson834 September 20, 2017 / 10:56 am

      Hopefully widely reported? Mind you why worry about the press – I probably get more readers than some of their articles do? Reptilian Scotland remains the big barrier but my psych says I’ve not to watch them or get mad at them.

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