Third Sector Social Security priorities

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On the 1st of June 2018 the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 received Royal Assent, establishing the first devolved social security system. The Act represents the greatest single increase in the responsibilities of the Scottish Parliament since devolution. By 2021, Scottish Ministers will be responsible for more than 15% of social security spending, totalling an estimated £2.8bn, and affecting around 1.4 million people.

The Scottish Government’s aspiration to take a rights-based approach to social security has been welcomed by SCVO, our members, and the wider third sector who recognise that a rights-based approach can create a system that respects, protects, and fulfils everyone’s right to social security.

As we progress through the regulation phase the third sector must continue to challenge the Scottish Government to deliver what they have promised, a rights-based social security system that treats people with dignity, fairness, and respect.

This page is a space for voluntary organisations to share their concerns. By hosting a space where colleagues can share concerns the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) also hope to encourage information sharing and collaborative working.