The Scottish Government are seeking at least 2,000 people willing to share their experience of the current UK social security system.
Experience panels made up from volunteer’s from across Scotland are being asked to give their feedback on the current social security system in order to shape Scotland’s proposed new social security system.
MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie MSP, has backed the calls from the Scottish Government and is encouraging constituents to apply for the panels.
Commenting on the launch, Christina said:
“Every day of the week, I am helping constituents who have constantly been let down by the current UK social security system.
“Whether this be the archaic nature of the forms to fill out or the often hostile attitudes that people face when they’re only trying to claim the welfare that is rightfully due, my constituents have been utterly failed by the current social security system.
“This is precisely why the Scottish Government is determined to shape a better system – one with dignity and respect at its core.
“To do so, these Experience Panels are vital in allowing the Scottish Government hear directly the voices of those who matter most in the process – the people.
“If you have current or previous experience of the social security system, I would strongly encourage you to get involved in the Experience Panels. Only with your voice can we build a more equal, respectful and dignified Scottish social security system.
To register your interest in becoming a volunteer, apply online: www.gov.scot/socialsecurity
Freephone: 0800 029 4974 (includes language line translation)
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