MSP to welcome Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman MSP
Hamilton Townhouse will play host to a leading surgery designed to encourage people to learn more about what welfare they can claim under Scotland’s new Social Security system.
Hosted by Christina McKelvie MSP, with a keynote address from Scottish Government Social Security Minister, Jeane Freeman MSP, the Social Security Surgery takes place on Tuesday 22nd May 10.00-11.30am. The surgery will provide expert advice and support from a range of organisations including Money Matters and Hamilton CAB.
Following the passing of the Scottish Government’s Social Security Bill in the, 11 social security benefits, previously administered under the Department for Work and Pensions, will now be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
The change is set to affect 1.4 million people in a £3 billion benefits shake up, ensuring that the Scottish Government will now administer Carers Allowance and Funeral Expense Assistance amongst others.
Commenting, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie hailed the ‘significant’ transfer of powers:
“With the transfer of these social security powers, this is a significant moment in the history of the Scottish Parliament.
“The forthcoming Social Security (Scotland) Act will ensure that over £3 billion of welfare and benefits will now be administered from the Scottish Government.
“I’m delighted that the Minister for Social Security will attend my Social Security Surgery, informing my constituents directly of the forthcoming changes to welfare in Scotland.
“Money Matters, Skills Development Scotland, Hamilton CAB and others will be on hand to provide expert advice and support for those who may need help with their social security.
“My surgery is free and open to all and I would encourage everyone to come along and see what more help, support and advice you are entitled to when claiming social security.