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Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart (Aberdeen Central) (SNP)

We have heard that, according to Sheffield Hallam University, £1.6 billion will come out of the Scottish economy—the figure is £2 billion, according to other reports—and that we have a mitigation budget of £104.22 million in the next financial year. I think that everybody round the table recognises that, although that mitigation money is welcome, it will not stop the worst excesses of welfare reform.

Some folk have today discussed taking a strategic view of what we need to do to counter the worst excesses and to spend the mitigation moneys in the best way possible. However, I have not heard very much from COSLA about what such a strategic review would involve. Before I come to Mr Sharma, I ask the local authority representatives what their local councils have done to ensure that there is interlinkage between all the services that they provide to those who are most in need. We have heard about a lack of signposting and a lack of information sharing between social work departments and revenue and benefits folk in relation to the Scottish welfare fund. We have also heard of possible duplication involving social work emergency payments and the Scottish welfare fund.

Given that the amount of mitigation moneys that we have is small in comparison with the giant cut, are we working smart at the local authority level to ensure that we get the most bang for our buck? I start with Mr Cook.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart

I noticed that you did not really mention the discretionary payments that social work can make. Is there marrying up there?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart

I would like to ask about social work. Is there an interlinkage with social work? I asked Mr Cook that question.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart

Absolutely. It is about ensuring that the £104.22 million that is going to local authorities is used in the best way possible. If there was no duplication and council departments were interlinked, the money could go further.

I will finish with Mr Sharma and get to the point that I want to make about all this, but first I want to ask about social work.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart

Does Ms Johnston want to pick up on that, too?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart

Thank you. I do not know whether Ms McManus is able to answer the question, given her specialty.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart

Thank you.

My next question is for Mr Sharma. COSLA’s submission states that the Scottish Government should take a “strategic approach”. I will come back to that in a moment, but what is COSLA doing to ensure that best practice—the “strategic approach”, if you like—is being exported across our local authorities? What work have you been doing to ensure that best practice is being fed out everywhere?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart

Can I stop you there, Mr Sharma? It was quite an easy question about exporting best practice, but you are going into some detail that I did not really ask for, and you are not really telling me very much. I am asking you what COSLA has done to help with exporting best practice. The committee heard from Ms Dickie previously. Will you give us some examples of where you have helped to share best practice across the country so that each council can get the biggest bang for its buck?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart

I am trying to stick to the budget and to ensure that the Scottish Government is getting as much as it possibly can for its money, as spent by COSLA. However, I will move on.

My final question is on the “strategic approach” that COSLA mentions in its paper. I would really like to know—Kenneth Gibson tried to find this out in his questioning—what COSLA means by a “strategic approach”, in terms of the provision of the budget. Beyond that, will Mr Sharma tell us how COSLA has been dealing with the DWP to ensure that it gives more, which will add to the mitigation budget that the Scottish Government has put forward?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kevin Stewart

Okay. Thank you.

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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Motion S4M-11599: Kevin Stewart, Aberdeen Central, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11425: Kevin Stewart, Aberdeen Central, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11344: Kevin Stewart, Aberdeen Central, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11263: Kevin Stewart, Aberdeen Central, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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