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Yes. We plan that, on independence, there will be a transitional period when the Scottish and Westminster Governments will share the administration and delivery of benefits and State Pensions. It is in both countries’ interests that this should happen.

Following independence, the immediate priorities will be to reverse the most damaging and counterproductive of the UK welfare changes. We propose to:

  • abolish the “bedroom tax” within the first year of the first independent Scottish Parliament

  • halt the further rollout of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments in Scotland

  • ensure that benefits and tax credits increase in line with inflation to avoid the poorest families falling further into poverty

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.