In Wales social security is currently reserved to the UK Government, with the exception of some benefits. Since the devolution of social security in Scotland (2018) there have been renewed calls to review the social security system in Wales. The First Minister asked us to assess the issues that would need to be taken into account in order to determine the desirability and feasibility of devolving some aspects of the administration of social security in Wales. We have conducted a rapid review of existing evidence on this issue and identified that this assessment should address four key issues:
In early 2020 we will publish the findings from this evidence review. Our hope is that this preliminary analysis helps to inform discussion about additional analysis and evidence related to devolving the administration of social security in Wales.