The treatment of Scotland’s devolved benefits in the Withdrawal Agreement

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Publication Date February 2021
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This briefing looks at how Scotland’s devolved benefits are treated in the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement (‘the Withdrawal Agreement’). It is the second of three briefings on Brexit and devolved social security.

The briefing outlines key features of social security co-ordination in the Withdrawal Agreement. It presents tables to show how the principles of EU social security co-ordination apply to Scotland’s devolved benefits. Case studies of Young Carer Grant and Best Start Grant illustrate the operation of these principles. The briefing highlights the importance for legislators of how Scotland’s benefits are classified by the Administrative Commission for the co-ordination of social security systems.

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SPICe: Blog, 21/05/2021: Scottish Social Security and Brexit: many complex moving parts

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