The Scottish Parliament has unanimously passed legislation designed to limit the impact of changes to the benefit system by MPs in Westminster on the poorest families north of the border.
A special committee at Holyrood expressed grave concern over plans by MPs in London to radically alter the benefits system by introducing a new Universal Credit.
The Scottish Parliament cannot prevent Westminster legislating on the matter; however, they are free to introduce their own measures to protect Scots from future changes, and have done so in the Welfare Reform (further provision) (Scotland) Bill.
The Coalition Government in Westminster wants to replace a range of benefits with a new single Universal Credit system. This would replace child tax credits, the working tax credit, housing benefit, income support and a range of other benefits and incentives and is due to come into play in 2013.
It is hoped the change in the way the system is run could save the Government £7bn in spending, and is designed to encourage those on benefits to find employment.
Labour MSPs and the Scottish SNP Government believe that the poorest families will be left worse off by the changes and have stepped in to protect them.
The Deputy First Minister for Scotland is Nicola Sturgeon.
"The only way we can ensure Scotland is no longer subject to the kinds of reforms that David Cameron was setting out earlier this week, the only way to protect Scotland from that is to make sure powers for these matters pass to this Parliament," she said.
The bill was supported by all members of the house, including the Scottish Conservatives. Alex Johnstone said he was disappointed that he had been forced to support the bill by the stance of the Government in Westminster.
"We will continue to take the same position on welfare reform that we have had for a number of years," he stressed.