Scottish Child Payment Regulations 2020: supplementary scrutiny report

Supplementary Scottish Commission on Social Security scrutiny report on the draft Scottish Child Payment Regulations 2020 with recommendations for the Scottish Government.

Technical and drafting issues

The transitional provisions contain language that, without very careful reading, is confusing due to the similarity of some terms – ‘initial application period’, ‘initial payment period’ and ‘first payment period’. They will become unnecessary once the initial payment period has been completed. As a tidying-up exercise, the Scottish Government might include a ‘sunset clause’ so that the provisions are automatically repealed a fixed period after coming into force.

Recommendation 5: The Scottish Government should consider setting a date for the automatic repeal of Regulations relating to the transitional provisions.

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