First Minister Nicola Sturgeon- Social Security Experience Panels

Register now to help shape benefits policy in Scotland

The Scottish Government is looking to recruit people with recent experience of benefits. People who are acting as a parent/guardian, appointee or power of attorney for someone with experience of benefits are welcome to register.

By joining, you can share your experiences of receiving benefits to help us to build a new social security system in Scotland that puts people first and makes a lasting difference to the lives of people like you.

You can find out more about social security in Scotland and the Experience Panels at www.gov.scot/socialsecurity.

Registration remains open until 12th May 2017.


Message on behalf of the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon

 FM Nicola Sturgeon

"The creation of Scotland’s new social security system is one of the Scottish Government’s biggest projects – and one of the most exciting.

We’re doing things differently and shaping a fair system built on the knowledge and direct personal experience of those who are using, or have recently used, the current benefits system.

We want at least 2000 people to join our Social Security Experience Panels – and we want you to help and guide us as on that journey.

We’ll soon have new powers over eleven benefits which pay out £2.8 billion a year to 1.4 million people, including you. And you will be at the heart of this system.

I know many feel the current system is hard to navigate or has treated them badly with people feeling stressed and anxious instead of supported – but we will treat people with dignity and respect.

We want to have honest conversations and find out what you need and want so we design a system that takes all of that into account.

We need to know what would help you apply for the support you’re entitled to? How can forms and guidance be improved and simplified?  Is there something we can offer that the current system doesn’t?

This is a transformational change in the delivery of social security and you could be part of something that will change the lives of many others.

So, if you think you can help and want to make a difference then please get in touch.

You can register your interest online http://www.gov.scot/socialsecurity or Freephone 0800 029 4974.

The closing date to register for the Experience Panels is 12 May, and they will begin this summer."

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