The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 – A Rights-Based Approach to Social Security?

‘[The Act’s] provisions are designed to reflect a rights-based approach to social security, which marks it out as an interesting departure from the legislative status quo.’

This is according to a January 2019 article in the Edinburgh Law Review on the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.

The article notes that the Act represents a substantial extension of the reach and impact of devolved legislation into ordinary life, as it covers key areas of social welfare support such as disability and independent living allowances.

But it also notes further impact beyond the implications for devolution. The Act establishes a new devolved social security system in Scotland, and attempts to ground it in a framework which acknowledges that access to social security is a human right. The article therefore sets out to analyse the impact and consequences of this approach.

Read the full article.