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Meeting of the Parliament 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Shirley-Anne Somerville

The Scottish Government already invested last year £1.4 billion in supporting low-income households. We have also committed to initial emergency food provision fo...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
The Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People (Shirley-Anne Somerville)

The risks presented by Brexit are anticipated to have significant social and economic consequences for all areas of Scotland, but we know that higher levels of deprivation make communities l...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Shirley-Anne Somerville

The Government is absolutely determined not only to mitigate what is happening at this moment, but to prevent problems from happening for communities and families...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
The Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People (Shirley-Anne Somerville)

Scotland is the only country in the United Kingdom to have statutory income targets to eradicate child poverty. Our tackling child poverty delivery plan sets out the actions that we will tak...

Social Security Committee 31 October 2019 [Draft] : 31 October 2019 View PDF version
Shirley-Anne Somerville

All that will be shown in the published annual accounts.

Social Security Committee 31 October 2019 [Draft] : 31 October 2019 View PDF version
Shirley-Anne Somerville

As we require to make changes to staff?

Social Security Committee 31 October 2019 [Draft] : 31 October 2019 View PDF version
Shirley-Anne Somerville

I make it clear that the review has not been carried out because anything has gone wrong. This goes back to my earlier point about our building incrementally. The...

Social Security Committee 31 October 2019 [Draft] : 31 October 2019 View PDF version
Shirley-Anne Somerville

No. It is working effectively at the moment. I am not saying that just because David is sitting beside me; it has been an absolute pleasure to work with him as ch...

Social Security Committee 31 October 2019 [Draft] : 31 October 2019 View PDF version
Shirley-Anne Somerville

Given the fact that we will be delivering more benefits, we will have to recruit more staff. You pointed out during the debate that we have recruitment advertisem...

Social Security Committee 31 October 2019 [Draft] : 31 October 2019 View PDF version
Shirley-Anne Somerville

I will come in on that. I am adamant that the staff at Social Security Scotland do not need to “up their game”. They are working very effectively, as the satisfac...

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