Social Security Reform: Ensuring Dignity, Fairness and Respect

Section: Policy into Practice Location: Edinburgh City Date of event: 30/09/2019 at 09:15 - 15:30

This conference hosted by Holyrood Insight will focus on key aspects of the social security agency.

Last year, Holyrood unanimously approved the Social Security Bill, paving the way for a new Scottish devolved social security service. A year on, the agency is evolving, with new developments emerging including the Best Start Grant, increases to Carer’s Allowance and flexibilities around the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Holyrood Insight’s 2nd annual conference on Social Security Reform in Scotland will allow delegates to hear from a range of leading voices, who support service users as practitioners and policy influencers.

Expert speakers include:

  • (Keynote) Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, Scottish Government
  • (Chair) Anne Hastie, Poverty Commissioner for East Lothian & Chair, Disability Information Scotland
  • Satwat Rehman, Director, One Parent Families Scotland
  • Marion Davis, Head of Policy & Strategy, One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS)
  • John Dickie, Director, Child Poverty Action Group Scotland (CPAG)
  • Arlene Astley, Advocacy Worker, AdvoCard
  • Rob Gowans, Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Eilidh McIvor, Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Bill Scott, Chair, Poverty & Inequality Commission for Scotland
  • Yvette Burgess, Unit Director, Housing Support Enabling Unit
  • Emma Congreve, Joseph Rowntree Foundation Scotland (JRF)
  • John Sawkins, NHS co-trainer of Allied Health Professionals
  • Representative, Nourish Scotland

This event will focus on key aspects of the social security agency, such as the roll-out of Scottish Choices, as well recent developments around disability benefits and advocacy.

Secure your place to this conference, and network with your peers in local authority (welfare teams), health and social care services, disability charities and mental health charities.

This will be a great opportunity for you to consult and discuss the best ways to overcome the challenges that welfare devolution in Scotland faces.

To register for this event please visit the Holyrood Insight website (this link will take you away from our website).

Event details

Time:09:15 - 15:30
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