John Dickie from Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland told the
Welfare Reform Committee
UK Welfare reform could result in 100,000 extra children in poverty in Scotland, on 17 April 2012.
The committee was taking evidence on the
Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill
which is an enabling bill which confers powers on Scottish ministers to make provision via regulations for changes in consequence of the new Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment created under the
Welfare Reform Act(UK)
The Scottish bill aims to maintain the legislative basis that underpins devolved, passported benefits in Scotland.
These are benefits such as free school lunches and blue badge parking permits which people who are in receipt of certain state benefits, such as, income support or disability living allowance, are entitled to receive as a consequence of (or "passport" from) their entitlement to the UK benefit.
Mr Dickie said he generally supported the aims and need for the Scottish bill, but stressed it only dealt with one specific aspect and response to the UK legislation and he sought assurance from the committee that there would be adequate scrutiny of the other regulations that will be brought forward to replace council tax benefit and the social fund.
He was giving evidence along side Bill Scott from Inclusion Scotland; Satwat Rehman from One Parent Families Scotland and Maggie Kelly from the Poverty Alliance.
Mr Scott said as a result of the UK reforms "nearly 75000" people in Scotland would lose out on the mobility component of their DLA as it changes to PIP which would have "huge implications" for passported benefits particularly in terms of transport.
Earlier MSPs quizzed Hanna McCulloch from the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform Jeanette Campbell from Citizens Advice Scotland; Michael McClements from COSLA and David Ogilvie from Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.
Ms Campbell told MSPs that the CAS needed more funding as it anticipated the reforms would have a "massive impact on bureaus" and there would be "real problems with bureaus being able to cope with the demand we expect".