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Benefits-slashing DWP received nearly £80m from Scotland's social security agency last year

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Scotland’s new social security agency paid the UK Government’s benefits-slashing department of work and pensions nearly £80m last year.The payments, which covered the administration of devolved benefits, amounted to over half of the body’s running costs.

Labour MSP Pam Duncan-Glancy said: “Not only are the SNP leaving key powers in the DWP ’s hands, but they are putting millions in their pocket. “People who need help are being left at the mercy of the DWP’s systems – and we are paying for the privilege.” Post- referendum legislation gave the Scottish Parliament partial control of the benefits system, including payments for disabled people and carers as well as top up powers.

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