CEMVO Scotland invites you to a round table discussion with Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security, on the new social security powers coming to Scotland.
The round table discussion will take place at CEMVO Scotland office, Lancefield House, 95-107 Lancefield Street, Glasgow, G3 8HZ, on Tuesday 18th October 2016, 9.30am – 12.30pm. A networking lunch will be provided from 12.30pm onwards.
As you are probably aware, the Scottish Government published a paper “ A New Future for Social Security in Scotland” in March 2016 which made a commitment to work with people across Scotland to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016.
Further to the paper, the Scottish Government has now published a consultation on social security in Scotland, to gather views and help inform future decisions, including the development of the forthcoming Social Security Bill. The current consultation focuses on the following areas:
Fixing the Scottish Government’s principles for social security in legislation, including the principle that people should be treated with dignity and respect;
Delivering on the Scottish Government’s policy commitments, including commitments to: increase Carer’s Allowance to the level of Jobseekers Allowance, and replace Sure Start Maternity Grants with a new, expanded Best Start Grant; and
Taking a Scottish approach to important social security matters such as helping to ensure that the user’s experience reflects the Scottish Government’s principles, reviewing and appealing decisions and taking care of each individual’s information and personal data.
You can access the full consultation document in the link provided below:
In working with the Scottish Government, we have organised this round table discussion to provide an opportunity for ethnic minority groups that undertake work relating to welfare rights / social security, and other social security practitioners that have experience of working with diverse communities to share their experiences with the Social Security Minister, and to contribute to the consultation accordingly.
Please note that being involved in the round table discussion does not prohibit any organisation to submit their own response to the Scottish Government consultation (which we in fact encourage organisations to do so) but will provide a space to help inform the Scottish Government on the issues and barriers facing ethnic minority communities in accessing social security benefits in Scotland and how this can potentially be improved in future under the new devolved powers.
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