Social Security Event


Christina McKelvie MSP launches surgery advice with Minister Jeane Freeman


Residents and organisations had the opportunity to receive more information about Scotland’s new Social Security system this week as Christina McKelvie MSP hosted an advice surgery.

Featuring the Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman MSP, local residents of Hamilton were able to quiz the Minister and receive first-hand expert advice regarding the new welfare powers devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Following the passing of the Social Security (Scotland) Act, over £3billion of welfare benefits will be distributed from the Scottish Government. The change is set to affect 1.4 million people in Scotland, including positive changes to Carers Allowance and Funeral Expense Assistance.

Launched at the Hamilton Townhouse, local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie praised the event as ‘transformative’ for her constituents.

Commenting on the surgery, Christina McKelvie MSP said:

“I am thankful to the Minister for attending my Social Security Surgery and answering first-hand the questions of  my constituents.

“The information my constituents received has been transformative.

“This surgery will allow everyone to have a clearer picture of the excellent, positive work the Scottish Government has achieved in setting up our new Social Security system.

“What we have created is a person-centred, understanding and reflective approach to welfare – one that has people, not claimants at its core.  

“Underpinned with the principles of dignity, fairness and respect, and in partnership with organisations such as Money Matters, Hamilton CAB and others who attended my surgery, we will ensure Scotland’s welfare system is fit for purpose.