Jeane Freeman MSP

Jeane Freeman MSP

Written 16 posts

Minister for Social Security

Scotland well placed for PIP powers

12th June 2018

In February this year, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee published a damning report about the assessment processes of the UK Government’s Personal Independent Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). These are recommendations for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to respond to by halting the roll-out of PIP…

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Giving children a better start in life

1st June 2018

We’re nearing the end of our Best Start Grant consultation – our new Scottish benefit to give low income families with young children more financial support. To help us get it right we want to hear from as many people as possible – people of all ages, in all kinds of circumstances and from a variety…

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First local jobs for Social Security Scotland

27th April 2018

This week I announced the first stage of recruitment for the 400 locally based jobs with Social Security Scotland. Every one recruited to these jobs will be working to set up our local presence across the country. They will be building our local presence to frontline social security staff delivering face-to-face support in communities across…

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A historic moment

26th April 2018

Last night the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to pass the Social Security (Scotland) Bill. This was a historic moment for our Parliament. Not only does it mark the biggest transfer of powers since devolution began, it heralds the first social security system in Scotland and a new public service for the people of Scotland. That…

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Setting strong foundations for social security in Scotland

24th April 2018

We are now just one day away from MSPs debating the legislation that will enable the single biggest transfer of powers to the Scottish Parliament since devolution. As far back as 2016 we have been talking to and, importantly, listening to many individuals, organisations and groups with direct and personal experience of the current UK…

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Social Security System: Terminal Illness

23rd April 2018

Working through the best approach to terminal illness for our new social security system in Scotland has been the most challenging thing I’ve faced as a government minister. It is both sensitive and difficult because a diagnosis of terminal illness brings with it a significant impact on the individual and their family and implications for…

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A collective investment, in ourselves and in each other

17th April 2018

Next week Parliament will vote on the final stage of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill. This legislation will allow us to start the transfer of powers for approximately £3.3 billion pounds worth of benefit payments to 1.4 million people in Scotland. And while we will not be responsible for all of social security and many…

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Dignity, fairness and respect is much more than a strapline

13th April 2018

Last month, we released the new visual identity for Social Security Scotland when we advertised the first 80 jobs for the new agency. Alongside the new logo are the words ‘Dignity, fairness and respect’. From our insight so far in listening to our Experience Panels and our stakeholders – the people who have the most…

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We are building a system based on people’s human rights, not just what’s right for the system

13th April 2018

A recent Appeal Court ruling that dismissed the case of Jayson Carmichael, who cannot share a bedroom with his wife Jacqueline due to her severe health issues, is yet another example of the UK Government putting barriers in the way of disabled people. Mr and Mrs Carmichael, from Merseyside, have been fighting their case against…

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Best Start Grant: Extra financial support for low income families

13th April 2018

Almost at the end of the Easter holidays and I know many families are busy with activities and outings. It’s a time for lots of fun but can also end up being expensive – especially for families with more than one child. And for low income families, it can be even harder to find the money….

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