Submission - Scottish Government consultations

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Submission

Introduction

A charitable (#SC010100) company limited by guarantee (#153343) registered in Scotland at the above address.

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Principles

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Outcomes and the user experience

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Delivery

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The Azure card is the system of financial support available since February 2010 to asylum seekers, in terms of sections 4 and 95–98 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (as amended). See The Humanitarian Cost of a Cashless System, British Red Cross (2014), at www.scribd.com/doc/234776188/Azure-Card-Report-2014.

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“over a thirty-year period of successive reforms, one of the most commented-on government systems in the world (the UK) exhibited a striking increase in running or administration costs in real terms, while levels of complaint and legal challenge also soared.” 2

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A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government, Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon (2015)

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Equalities and low incomes

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Independent advice and scrutiny

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Disability Benefits

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Carer’s Allowance

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Winter Fuel and Cold Weather Payments

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“Winter Fuel Payment succeeds in directly increasing household expenditure on fuel in the age group most at risk of cold-related illness and excess winter deaths.”

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9.

Funeral Payments

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Rural Scotland Key Facts 2015, http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0047/00473312.pdf. Scottish Government

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Fuel Poverty in Scotland, http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefingsAndFactsheets/S4/SB_1513_Fuel_Poverty_in_Scotland.pdf. Scottish Parliament, 2015,

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See for example The Cost of Saying Goodbye: burial and cremation charges in Scotland 2015, Citizens Advice Scotland. See http://j.mp/TCOSG2015.

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10. Best Start Grant

11. Discretionary Housing Payment

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12. Job Grant

13. Universal Credit flexibilities and housing element

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Scotland's Census, 2011, National Records of Scotland Table DC4610SCca, http://www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/.

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Audit Scotland, 2013, Housing in Scotland, http://www.auditscotland.gov.uk/docs/local/2013/nr_130711_housing_overview.pdf.

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CIH Scotland, SFHA, Shelter Scotland, 2015, Affordable Housing Need in Scotland – Summary Report, http://scotland.shelter.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/1190872/7909_Summary_Housing_Needs_Rese arch.pdf.

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