Private firms axed from new Scottish welfare tests for benefit claimants
Scotland’s new social security agency will carry out its own assessments of benefit claims in a move that confirms an end to the controversial involvement of private sector firms in the process.
It comes after widespread anger over the hardline approach of Atos towards welfare claimants in recent years.
Social security minister Shirley Anne Somerville has also said Scots will have “greater choice and flexibility over their assessments”, as she addressed MSPs yesterday.
Holyrood is to take control of 11 benefits as part of the post-referendum deal on new powers for Holyrood. This accounts... read more
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