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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)

Next meeting

Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.

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Phone: 0131 348 5320 .

Post-d: @SP_SJSS

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Tagh raon-ama Social Justice and Social Security Committee

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Whitham, Elena

Elena Whitham

Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Constituency)

Don, Natalie

Natalie Don

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Renfrewshire North and West (Constituency)

Balfour, Jeremy

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Briggs, Miles

Miles Briggs

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Choudhury, Foysol

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Duncan-Glancy, Pam

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

McLennan, Paul

Paul McLennan

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: East Lothian (Constituency)

Roddick, Emma

Emma Roddick

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

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Griffin, Mark

Mark Griffin

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Tweed, Evelyn

Evelyn Tweed

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Stirling (Constituency)

White, Tess

Tess White

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

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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.

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Follow up to Kinship Care 31 March session

Letter from Minister for Children and Young People, 22 June 2022

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Resignation of Chair of Scottish Commission on Social Security

Letter from Dr Sally Witcher, Chair, Scottish Commission on Social Security, 6 June 2022

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Resource Spending Review, Low Income and Debt Inquiry

Meeting date: Thursday, June 16, 2022

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Subordinate Legislation

Reports

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14 June 2022

Subordinate Legislation considered by the Social Justice and Social Security Committee 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 9 June 2022.

31 March 2022

Subordinate Legislation considered by the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on 31 March

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.

Remit

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.