About the Bill
The Scottish Government introduced the Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on 27 April 2020.
The aim of the Bill is to:
- make some administrative changes to the social security system
- expand the range of people allowed to act as judges in Scottish Tribunals
The social security changes would:
- expand the situations in which one person can be appointed to apply for and receive assistance on behalf of another
- make clear, when considering whether to give social security assistance, that the Scottish Government does not need to reveal information about someone’s health if doing so would be harmful to that person
- make consistent rules for dealing with fraud for different kinds of social security
- allow more healthworkers to verify who is eligible for disability assistance
Read the Bill and accompanying documents here
The Social Security Committee will consider the bill and report on the general principles.
The Committee issued a call for written views on Thursday 30 April 2020 and asked for responses by Thursday 14 May 2020. Read the Call for Views here
Recognising the reduced opportunity to take oral evidence, and that there has been no formal consultation by the Scottish Government, the questions in the call for evidence were more detailed than would normally be the case.
To meet the required timescale for stage 1 scrutiny, the Committee held a single oral evidence session on 21 May. At this evidence session the Committee heard from:
Craig Smith, Public Affairs Officer, Scottish Associaton for Mental Health;
Jon Shaw, Welfare Rights Officer, Child Poverty Action Group;
and then from
Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People.
The Committee published their Stage 1 report on 9 June 2020. Read the Stage 1 report on the Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill here.