This briefing provides information on recent UK wide welfare reforms introduced by the UK Government. The briefing also considers proposals for welfare following the referendum on Scottish independence on 18 September 2014. It summarises the Scottish Government’s proposals for welfare, including the state pension, if Scotland was to become an independent country. It also considers the proposals from the main unionist parties for further devolution of welfare in the event of a ‘no’ vote in the referendum.
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Published: 20 August 2014