With new powers on the way, there are possibilities of a new approach to social security. Of course, many outcomes could transpire under the new arrangements; social security could be strengthened, weakened or maintained. Although government does not always deliver what the majority of the people want, there are limits to how far government can depart from public opinion in a democracy. Therefore, it is worthwhile reflecting on what the Scottish people want from their social security system and to consider whether public opinion in Scotland is sufficiently different to that in the rest of the UK to legitimise a different approach to that being pursued by the UK government at the current time.
This briefing, written by Professor John McKendrick, looks at the latest evidence on what Scottish people think about social security.
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