Wales: A Work in Progress - Event recording: Social Security Spotlight, with Mairi Spowage

Nov 16, 2023, 08:00 AM

This week, we release the recording of our recent event Social Security Spotlight with Mairi Spowage. 

Mairi is a Professor of Practice and Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. In this event, she and Auriol Miller discussed Scottish Government's policy on social security. Scotland has a significantly larger package of powers devolved in this area compared to Wales. The Scottish Child Payment, a new devolved benefit, is particularly pertinent in this discussion, displaying different ways of managing welfare spend.

This session was an enlightening discussion of the complexities of funding devolved policy, and of the lessons Wales can learn from Scotland in this area.

Wales: A Work in Progress is the companion piece of our project on the constitutional future of Wales supported by the Legal Education Foundation. In this series, we explore options for Wales' future in conversation with experts and people interested in shaping the way forward for our country.

In keeping with the IWA's independence, we don't take position - rather, we want to give voice to different options and examine the evidence to understand what the best path might be for Wales, and why.