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Welfare Reform - Employability in Scotland
A Partnership Approach to
Implementing Welfare Reform
Presentation to Third Sector
Employability Group
16 November 2012
The story so far
• The cuts to welfare through the UK budget
process
• The UK Welfare Reform Bill/ Scottish
enabling Bill
• Our collective work to influence the
political outcome
• The beginning to understand what we
know and don’t know about UC and other
changes
What did we achieve
• Some strong examples of working
collaboratively at a political level
• We have a shared knowledge and
baseline of understanding on which to
build
• The Welfare Reform Committee was
formed and is growing in its understanding
• An emerging sense of the areas where the
impact will be felt relevant to devolved
interests.
What are the strands of current
activity
• The Scottish Welfare Fund will be
introduced from April 2013 to replace
Crisis Loans for living expenses, and
Community Care Grants
• Responding to the challenge for housing HB Advisory Group
• Localised Council Tax Support by April
2013
• LA pilots to test out UC delivery models
and further SG supported pilots
What are the opportunities?
• To continue to influence the shape of the detail
as it develops. SG is doing this through available
DWP governance arrangements
• Local Authority pilots to inform the planning and
delivery of services, aligned to Scottish priorities
(Christie etc)
• To add Scottish value to the work being
supported by DWP and their thinking about local
delivery alliances and future commissioning
strategies
Implementation – fresh challenges
• We still don’t have a lot of the detail
• There is a lot going on in different groups
and organisations within DWP, SG, Cosla,
third sector
• Growing complexity
• Little new money
• Need to move from policy/ influence role
into doing things that will make a
difference, but not lose the campaigning
spirit
Working in partnership
• Identified a need to bring together the strands of
activity in a coherent whole, through the lens of
local authority delivery
• Partnership Manager in SG and in Cosla
• To fund the Improvement Service to deliver a
programme of activities to support Councils and
their partners ( knowledge hub, preparedness
assessment, training and mentoring support)
• To get a feedback loop so that learning from the
delivery infrastructure can inform policy and
funding interventions in the future
• The Health Impact Delivery Group
What happens now?
• Minsters and Cosla President will sign a Joint
Statement setting out intention to work together in
immediate phase ( to April 2013) and beyond
• We will be capturing all that is going on and
identifying new things that need to be thought about
and done
• We will be working with Cosla and Improvement
Service to give shape to their work programme
• We need to review the role and contribution of the
third sector in all of this, and the role of the Welfare
Reform Scrutiny Group in this implementation
phase.
The Third Sector Challenge
• Demand for services
• Budgeting, online support and financial capacity
as part of transition
• Feeding back on impacts at local level
• Role in delivery – UC pilots and beyond
• Joining up the sector contribution operationally
and more strategically
• Getting serious about duplication of services and
resources
• Building capacity and expertise
Beginning to meet the challenge
• Using our partnership to target resources and
interventions in a coherent and collaborative way.
• We have asked SCVO to lead a piece of work to map
current third sector contribution to welfare reform,
identifying good practice and gaps in provision.
• SCVO event on 21 November – Working beyond
organisational boundaries to develop a joined up
approach.
• Programme of third sector led interventions to
complement the range of activity currently underway.
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