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Share your experience to shape future of social security

Type: News Item Date Published: 5th July 2019

The Scottish Government's 'Social Security Experience Panels' are taking applications for new members.

Applications are open to people from any background with experience of the current social security system.

The purpose is to engage members in workshops, interviews and surveys that can be carried out face-to-face, on the phone and online. The views gathered are then used to support the design of Scotland’s social security system.

People from ethnic minority groups, those living in rural communities and people under 25 are being particularly encouraged to apply to make panels as representative as possible.

Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP said:

“We want social security in Scotland to be based on dignity, fairness and respect, that’s why the views from the people who actually use the service are so important.

“Panel members have told us they find the experience rewarding, offering a real chance to make a difference to thousands of people’s lives.

“Panels should be a true representation of our society, so I’d like to encourage those from all backgrounds to join us and help make the system one we can all be proud of.”

Visit the Scottish Government website to find out how to apply (this link will take you away from our website).

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