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Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn I hope that that is a commitment from the United Kingdom Government to instigate research, and I hope that you will speak to Oxfam Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, which said:

“welfare reforms and cuts have definitely contributed to ...
Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth) (SNP) Neil Couling, a senior DWP official, told the committee that jobcentres often receive thank you cards from people whose claims have been sanctioned. As a minister in the Government responsible for this policy, can you tell us how many thank you cards you have received? Are you aware of any of your c...
Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn I hope that, in commissioning research, you will take on board our own considerable report on food banks.

On the BBC’s “Good Morning Scotland” on 24 April, the secretary of state said of the welfare system:

“This is a fantastic system”.

We know that in 2013-14 alone ...
Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn We all accept that, but Professor Fothergill has dealt with your point. His report is not pessimistic; his opinion, on the basis of his expertise, is that the UK Government is rather optimistic in thinking that the welfare reforms will of themselves bring people into work.

Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn The convener might be right: the minister’s postbag might well be busy after this. However, given the omission of an affirmative to my question, it does not sound from that answer as though it has been busy with thank you cards.

There is something that the minister is quite correct about;...
Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn Citizens Advice Scotland told us in relation to food banks:

“the national evidence and our on-the-ground coalface evidence point towards welfare reform as the cause of the increase in demand.”—[Official Report, Welfare Reform Committee, 29 April 2014; c 1427.]

Is it wrong?
Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth) (SNP) Is the cabinet secretary aware that, this week, research was published by Sheffield Hallam University that indicated that, as a consequence of the Scottish Government’s investment in welfare reform mitigation, the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms is some £35 less per working-age adult i...
Finance Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn Let us not make APD the thrust of the question, then. You would accept that the nature of devolution is that it is reliant on the UK political parties. It might be that, as you have said, there is a will, but there is no guarantee that we will see this devolution, is there?

Finance Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn But you would take a slightly different view, Professor Heald.

Finance Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Jamie Hepburn There is one quote that I forgot to select. Ed Balls said that the Barnett formula

“was never intended to be long term”

and

“needs to be looked at”.

He is the shadow chancellor—Labour’s prospective chancellor. Again, should we just ignore that view?
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