Scottish Deputy Minister calls for Universal Credit to be delayed in Scotland

The UK government has rejected a call by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to halt the introduction of universal credit in Scotland. Ms Sturgeon had written to the prime minister asking for a delay while new Scottish devolution powers are considered by Lord Smith's commission. She argued that introducing universal credit would make it harder to devolve housing benefit to Holyrood. But a UK government spokesman said its business would continue as planned.