About the Inquiry
The Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee has launched an inquiry into benefit take-up. The Committee will explore how take-up for both reserved and devolved social security benefits can be improved, including through benefit automation. This will include what we do, and do not know about what is unclaimed and what can be learned from previous efforts to promote take-up.
Further information can be found on the call for views page.
Read the news release here.
The Committee issued a call for written views on Monday 9 September which ran until Monday 21 October 2019. The call for written views is now closed.
The Committee will begin taking oral evidence in November 2019.
The Committee issued a call for views which can be accessed via the link below. The closing date for written submissions was Monday 21 October 2019.
Read the call for views
Read the written submissions received
The Committee began taking oral evidence in November 2019.
On Thursday 7 November, the Committee took evidence from:
Professor Paul Spicker, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, Robert Gordon University;
Professor Mark Shucksmith, Professor of Planning, Newcastle University;
Professor David Bell, Professor of Economics, University of Stirling;
Catherine Henry, Financial Health Check Service Project Manager, Citizens Advice Scotland;
Fiona Moss, Head of Health Improvement and Equalities, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership;
Peter Hastie, Policy Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support.
On Thursday 21 November, the Committee took evidence from:
Judith Paterson, Head of Advice and Rights (Scotland), Child Poverty Action Group;
Richard Gass, Chair, Rights Advice Scotland;
David Wallace, Chief Executive, Social Security Scotland.
Read the meeting papers and Official Reports of the meetings
The Committee have now paused this inquiry. It will resume in January 2020.
Visits and Events
On Thursday 14 November the Committee held an informal meeting in Wester Hailes to meet with staff and volunteers from a variety of initiatives in the area that provide support and advice to local residents.