Social Justice and Social Security Committee
The Committee was established in June 2021. It looks at subjects such as:
- the Scottish Government's policies on welfare, poverty and homelessness
- the social security system in Scotland
- violence against women and girls and domestic violence
- social justice (looking at ways to create a fairer Scotland)
- third sector including social economy and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)
Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.
Tagh raon-ama Social Justice and Social Security Committee
Party: Scottish National Party
MSP for: Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Constituency)
Party: Scottish National Party
MSP for: Renfrewshire North and West (Constituency)
The Committee has been holding one-off evidence sessions to find out what future work may be needed in these areas throughout the session.
The Committee has agreed to look at the following issues in 2022:
Refugee and asylum
The Committee are considering what further work we might do in this area, following meetings in February 2022.
Year-round budget scrutiny
The Committee made reaching the child poverty interim targets for 2023 the main theme of its first pre-budget scrutiny of 2022-23. The Parliament and Scottish Government need to give this issue their sustained focus to reduce the number of children growing up in poverty. We will also take evidence on the framework for a resource spending review and on the review itself.
Delivering new benefits
Delivery of new Scottish benefits is a huge project that is currently scheduled to continue to 2026. This provides an opportunity to undertake session-long scrutiny. The Committee's page on delivery of benefits will be updated as work progresses throughout the session. This will include the consideration of:
- specific regulations, like Adult Disability Payment
- costs of delivery
- implementation of the social security programme by Social Security Scotland
Some of the specific benefits that the Committee will look at in 2022 are Low Income Winter Heating Assistance and Scottish Carer's Allowance. The Committee will continue to develop its future work programme and decisions made will be noted in the meeting minutes. Please contact the Committee for further information.
Letter from Minister for Children and Young People, 22 June 2022
Letter from Dr Sally Witcher, Chair, Scottish Commission on Social Security, 6 June 2022
Letter from Dr Sally Witcher, Chair, SCoSS, 19 May 2022
Decision on Taking Business in Private
Decision on Taking Business in Private, Resource Spending Review, Low Income and Debt Inquiry
This report sets out the Social Justice and Social Security Committee's consideration of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) at its meeting on 9 June 2022.
This report sets out the Social Justice and Social Security Committee's consideration of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) at its meeting on 31 March 2022.
To consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, excluding matters relating to local government, housing and planning.