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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

2nd Meeting, 2023

Agenda: Child Poverty and Parental Employment Inquiry, Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill, Work programme

09:30am, 02 February 2023

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 5320 Find out about call charges.

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

Natalie Don

Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Renfrewshire North and West (Constituency)

Emma Roddick

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Miles Briggs

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

James Dornan

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Cathcart (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Paul McLennan

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: East Lothian (Constituency)

Substitute Members

Mark Griffin

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Evelyn Tweed

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Stirling (Constituency)

Tess White

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Future

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

UK Government response to low income and debt problems inquiry report

Letter from Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work. 23 January 2023

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Scottish Government response to 2023-24 pre budget report

Letter from Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, 10 January 2023

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Energy Efficient Homes

Letter to Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Rights, 22 December 2022

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Thursday, January 19, 2023

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Budget 2023-24, Decision on Taking Business in Private

Meeting date: Thursday, December 22, 2022

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Budget Scrutiny 2023-24, Social Security Scotland

Reports

Committee reports

22 December 2022

Subordinate Legislation considered by the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on 15 December 2022

This report sets out the Social Justice and Social Security Committee's consideration of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) at its meeting on 15 December 2022.

11 November 2022

Subordinate Legislation considered by the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on 3 November 2022

This report sets out the Social Justice and Social Security Committee's consideration of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) at its meeting on 3 November 2022.

09 November 2022

Subordinate Legislation considered by the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on 27 October 2022

This report sets out the Social Justice and Social Security Committee's consideration of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) at its meeting on 27 October 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.