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Scottish Commission on Social Security appointed

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 8th January 2019

Dr Sally Witcher appointed Chair of Scotland's new social security scrutiny body.

Shirley Anne Somerville, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, has announced the appointment of Dr Witcher, Judith Paterson, Mark Simpson and Sharon McIntyre as Members of the Scottish Commission on Social Security.

The Commission will scrutinise the Scottish social security system (including regulations) and hold Scottish Ministers to account.

Dr Witcher has worked on matters relating to social security, at different times and in different roles, over a period of approximately 30 years. She is currently the CEO of Inclusion Scotland, Deputy Chair of the Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group and a member of the Poverty and Inequality Commission.

Dr Witcher said: “The Social Security Act Scotland represents an historic opportunity to establish a coherent system based on dignity and respect. The challenge now will be to ensure that the positive commitments set out in the Charter are translated into the real-life experience of people claiming devolved benefits. The Scottish Commission on Social Security will have a key role to play in scrutinising developments and promoting accountability. It is a great honour to be appointed to the role of Chair of the Commission.”

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