Fairer Scotland

  • Investing in Scotland’s social security system

    13th February 2020 by

    We are creating the infrastructure for a new public service for Scotland. Our new social security system, is an important investment in the people of Scotland now and for generations to come. Yesterday I outlined how we are taking this new programme further. We have met and surpassed our commitments to date, having already established…

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  • The challenge to end poverty

    7th October 2019 by

    Tens of thousands of people in Scotland are at risk of being pushed into poverty if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit. That is the stark analysis I presented to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey this week. I warned her of the danger of pushing a further 130,000 people into…

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  • Two child benefit limit should be scrapped

    1st August 2019 by

    The two-child benefit limit implemented by the UK Government should be scrapped. The latest statistics released on the number of people affected by the cap on Child Tax Credits and the Child Element of Universal Credit is sad reading. Behind every number is a family denied and a child that has not received support they…

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  • Investing in young children and their future

    4th June 2019 by

    School Age Payment Launched It is projected that by 2030, one in three children could be living in poverty in Scotland as a result of UK Government welfare cuts. This is not acceptable in the 21st century. The cruel cuts that are being enforced through Universal Credit and wider UK government welfare changes will reduce…

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  • Putting people first in Scotland’s social security system

    22nd February 2019 by

    Recent press stories about the DWP using deflection scripts to get callers off the phone was disappointing but not surprising. We know from our own research that almost three in five people rated their experience of the current DWP system as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’. Since taking on this post, and speaking to users of…

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  • Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People – Shirley-Anne Somerville

    27th July 2018 by

    I was recently given the huge privilege of being appointed to Cabinet, to serve as the Scottish Government’s first Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People. I am proud to be building on the work of my predecessor Jeane Freeman, moving from the passage of the historic Social Security (Scotland) Act on to the…

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  • A social security system that puts people first

    28th April 2017 by

    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…

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  • “Be part of something that will change the lives of many others”

    7th April 2017 by

    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…

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  • Scotland’s approach to social security

    24th February 2017 by

    Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman blogs about how fairness, dignity and respect will be built into Scotland’s social security agency.

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