FMQs 8th June 2011 – Social Fund

Mark Drakeford: First Minister, tucked away in the Westminster Government’s programme of swingeing cuts for people who rely on benefits in this country is a proposal that the social fund and council tax benefit should be devolved to this Assembly. Those are lifeline benefits that many families, particularly those with children, rely on. Is it the view of the Welsh Government that such proposals would require a legislative consent motion in this Assembly?   

The First Minister: The thinking at the moment is that it would not. There has been a legislative consent motion in Scotland, but that was in relation to matters that were devolved. It appears with regard to council tax benefit and the social fund that the issues are not devolved. However, we will monitor the situation closely from a legal point of view in order to ensure that we have maximum influence over the outcome.