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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

17th Meeting, 2022

Agenda: Decision on taking business in private, Inquiry into low income and debt problems, Scottish Commission on Social Security, Inquiry into low income and debt problems, Scottish Commission on Social Security, Annual report

09:30am, 26 May 2022

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

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)

Substitute Members

Griffin, Mark

Mark Griffin

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Hamilton, Rachael

Rachael Hamilton

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Constituency)

Tweed, Evelyn

Evelyn Tweed

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Stirling (Constituency)

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

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Thursday, May 12, 2022

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

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

Meeting date: Thursday, April 28, 2022

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

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

Meeting date: Thursday, April 21, 2022

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022 to 2026

Reports

Committee reports

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.

17 March 2022

Subordinate Legislation considered by the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on 17 March 2022

This report sets out the Social Justice and Social Security Committee's consideration of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) at its meeting on 17 March 2022.

21 February 2022

Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Nationality and Borders Bill (UK Legislation)

This report sets out the Social Justice and Social Security Committee's consideration of the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Nationality and Borders Bill , which is UK legislation.

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.