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Chamber and committees

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

11th Meeting, 2024

Agenda: Decision on taking business in private, Poverty and Inequality Commission Appointments, Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, Housing (Scotland) Bill, Work programme

09:45am, 18 April 2024

T4.40-CR2 The Fairfax Somerville Room

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Claire Menzies, the Clerk for the committee.

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5986 Find out about call charges.

X (previously known as Twitter): @SP_SJSS

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Current Members

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: East Kilbride (Constituency)

Bob Doris

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Katy Clark

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

John Mason

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Shettleston (Constituency)

Roz McCall

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Marie McNair

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Clydebank and Milngavie (Constituency)

Paul O'Kane

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Substitute Members

Miles Briggs

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Mark Griffin

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

David Torrance

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Kirkcaldy (Constituency)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice's response to points raised by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Forum of Scottish Claims Managers - Social Security (Amendment) Scotland Bill

The Forum of Scottish Claims Managers provided further information following the meeting on 28 March 2024

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Spilt payments of Universal Credit Response

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice providing an update on progress with split payments of Universal Credit

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decisions on Taking Business in Private, Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Social Security Scotland

Meeting date: Thursday, March 21, 2024

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Subordinate Legislation, Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Extra Costs of Disability

Meeting date: Thursday, March 14, 2024

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Thursday, March 7, 2024

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Thursday, February 29, 2024

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Housing and Refugees

Meeting date: Thursday, February 1, 2024

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Homelessness and Temporary Accommodation, Social Security Scotland

Meeting date: Thursday, January 25, 2024

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Subordinate Legislation, Budget Scrutiny 2024-25

Meeting date: Thursday, January 11, 2024

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Budget Scrutiny 2024-25

Reports

Committee reports

11 January 2024

Stage 1 Report on the Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill

This is a Stage 1 report by the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on Mark Griffin MSP's Member's Bill which would establish a Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council.

Remit

To consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice excluding matters relating to housing and tenants’ rights.