Engagement on social security
We are creating opportunities for people across the country to get involved in the design and operation of Scotland's new social security system.
Independent advocacy standards focus groups
We are required by law to make advocacy support available to people with a disability who need help with the Scottish social security system, as well as to set out independent standards for advocacy service providers. We are currently looking for people with lived experience as independent advocacy service users and providers to take part in focus groups across Scotland to share their views, as part of a social security consultation.
The focus groups will take place between 30 October and 22 November in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dumfries.
Consultation on social security
We ran a 13-week consultation on social security in Scotland from 29 July to 30 October 2016 to gather views on how we should take forward our new social security powers.
The consultation received 521 responses.
- independent analysis of responses to the social security consultation
- Scottish Government response to the social security consultation
Stakeholder reference groups
We have established several groups with our stakeholders to help advise Ministers on the development of Scotland's new social security system. The groups are as follows:
- Agency Operations Reference Group
- Best Start Grant Reference Group
- Carer Benefit Advisory Group
- Communications and Engagement Partnership Group
- Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group
- Funeral Poverty and Funeral Expense Assistance Reference Group
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits Advisory Group
- Ill Health and Disability Benefits Stakeholder Reference Group
- Joint Ministerial Group on Welfare
- Short-Life Working Group on Terminal Illness for Disability Assistance (SLWG)
- Terminal Illness Stakeholder Reference Group (SHRG)
- Young Carer Grant Working Group
See the relationships between these groups: social security stakeholder groups: diagram
In spring 2017 we outlined plans to have people with direct personal experience of the current benefits system help to decide how benefits are delivered in Scotland's new social security system.
More than 2,400 volunteers from across Scotland signed up to work with us as part of the experience panels.
We will continue to take expressions of interest and will re-contact individuals when recruitment reopens. If you have experience of the benefits that are being devolved to the Scottish Government, and are interested in participating in the experience panels, please get in touch (contact details at bottom of page).
- Social security Experience Panels: frequently asked questions
- Social security Experience Panels: privacy impact assessment
Help shape the Scottish Government's support for young carers
The Scottish Government will introduce a new grant for young people aged 16-17 and 18 (who are still at school) who provide regular unpaid care to someone who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
We want to work with young adults, aged 16-25, who have experience of regularly caring, so we can design the new grant with - and for - young carers and young adult carers in Scotland.
Experience panels: research to date
Our researchers got in touch with our panel members in June 2017 to begin the 'About Your Benefits and You' research.
This helped us to understand in more detail what panel members think works well in the current system, and where there is room for improvement. Links to the reports can be found below.
Experience panels: reports and publications
We will regularly publish reports on Experience Panel activities to provide updates on our progress. Reports published so far:
- Experience Panels: recruitment overview
- Experience Panels survey testing session: May 2017
- Experience Panels: About Your Benefits and You - Quantitative Research Findings
- Experience Panels: About Your Benefits and You - Visual Summary of Research Findings
- Experience Panels: About Your Benefits and You - Qualitative Research Findings
- Experience Panels: Visual Summary of Focus Groups and Survey Research Findings
Experience panels: next steps
We are using the information from 'About Your Benefits and You' to develop and undertake a programme of further work with the experience panels that will reflect what is important to our panel members. This work will be used to help design the new Social Security Scotland agency.
We are also currently working with Experience Panel members on the design of individual benefits.
Experience panels: contact
Freephone 0800 029 4974 - language line translation is available on this number.
British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via http://contactscotland-bsl.org.
Textphone: Prefix 18001
Keep up to date
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