Administering Social Security in Wales

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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:

  1. What outcomes would the devolution of administration of social security be designed to achieve?
  2. What aspects of the current arrangements for administering social security prevent the achievement of these outcomes?
  3. How could those aspects of social security be changed in order to achieve these outcomes?
  4. What are the legal and fiscal implications of the changes that would be needed and what other factors would need to be considered?

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.