Welfare reform: the impact on families in Scotland

Last updated: 16 May 2017

Since June 2010 the UK Government has announced a number of reductions to the benefits and tax credits budget amounting to nearly £74 billion by 2015/16. The Scottish Government estimates that the cumulative impact of these welfare reforms would result in the Scottish social security bill being reduced by around £6 billion from 2010/11 to 2015/16. It has been established that families with dependent children are one of the biggest losers – in Scotland, couples with children losing an average of more than £1,400 a year, and lone parents around £1,800 a year.

This factsheet is a summary of the cuts announced so far, and their impact on families in Scotland.