28th April 2017 by Jeane Freeman
Yesterday, in the Scottish Parliament, I ruled out the use of private companies in assessing people for the benefits that will be delivered under Scotland’s new social security system. This was a proud moment. Profit should never ever be a motive in these important assessments and I wanted to let the people who will be...
7th April 2017 by Nicola Sturgeon MSP
The creation of a new social security system for Scotland is one of the biggest challenges ahead of the Scottish Government – and one of the most exciting. Because we are doing things differently and shaping a fair system built on the knowledge and direct personal experience of those who are using, or have recently...
28th March 2017 by Jeane Freeman
1,000 people have now signed up for our Experience Panels - Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman encourages more to come forward
7th March 2017 by Jeane Freeman
Social Security Minister, Jeane Freeman, writes in the Daily Record today about putting dignity and respect at the heart of Scotland’s new social security system – as a new campaign is launched to encourage more people to claim the benefits they are entitled to. Read the full piece here: “In my first ten months as...
24th February 2017 by Jeane Freeman
Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman blogs about how fairness, dignity and respect will be built into Scotland's social security agency.
14th February 2017 by John Blackwood
Universal Credit remains a reserved benefit however the use of these new flexibilities by the Scottish Government means Universal Credit payments in Scotland are to become more frequent and adaptable which will be good for both tenants and landlords.
27th January 2017 by Jeane Freeman
At the heart of our plans for new social security powers is making sure that we listen to the people who actually use the system. Earlier this month we announced Universal Credit (UC) payments in Scotland will become more frequent and adaptable, under new powers from the Scotland Act 2016. And right now we’re consulting...
12th October 2016 by Shona McTavish
On Wednesday 5 October 2016 Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities launched the Fairer Scotland Action Plan at the Princes Trust in Glasgow. The plan is a clear commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and...
8th August 2016 by Shona McTavish
Why are things so unfair? That’s a hard question but it’s the one asked by Councillor Jimmy Black, the chair of the Dundee Fairness Commission, in our report, A Fair Way to Go. It has a whopping 56 recommendations – way more than anyone planned. But to understand how we ended up with so many...
27th June 2016 by Shona McTavish
Fairer Scotland Since June last year the Fairer Scotland conversation has been going strong throughout the country. People have had their say on how they perceive Scotland to be fairer and what has to change to help us all achieve that goal. We encourage people to continue this conversation during this difficult time following the...