§ Mr. Gordon Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make additional provision for payments under section 12 of the Social Work Act following the introduction of changes to social security single payments regulations.
§ Mr. John MacKay
Payments by local authorities under section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 and single payments made by the Department of Health and Social Security are subject to different criteria. Local authorities should continue to apply the criteria relating to section 12 irrespective of any changes in the level of single payments.