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Minister for Social Security

Current role holder: Jeane Freeman MSP

Jeane Freeman  MSP

Jeane Freeman OBE was appointed Minister for Social Security in May 2016.


Specific responsibilities are:

  • disabilities
  • new powers (implementation of)
  • older people
  • poverty (measures against)


Born and raised in Ayr, she attended the Glasgow College of Technology and studied sociology and politics before establishing Apex Scotland, a criminal justice employment organisation. She was also a member of the Parole Board for Scotland.

Jeane chaired the National Waiting Times Centre Board and was a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

In 1996, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the rehabilitation of offenders. Jeane was elected as the Scottish Parliament member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley in 2016.