Scotland Policy Conferences

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Next steps in implementing social security reform and tackling poverty in Scotland

December 2019

This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the next steps in implementing social security reform in Scotland and tackling the factors impacting poverty.



  • Shirley-Anne Sommerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, The Scottish Government;
  • Miriam Craven, Head of Local Delivery and Client Experience, Social Security Scotland;
  • Dame Susan Rice, Chair, Scottish Fiscal Commission; and
  • Bill Scott, Chair, Poverty and Inequality Commission.

Further confirmed speakers include: Gemma Diamond, Audit Scotland; John Dickie, Child Poverty Action Group; Mhoraig Green, Citizens Advice Scotland; Polly Jones, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Peter Kelly, Poverty Alliance; Robin McAlpine, Common Weal; Dr Pete Seaman, Glasgow Centre for Population Health; and Linsay Robertson, Disability Benefits Client.

The chair is: Shona Robison MSP.

The agenda

  • Government priorities for delivering social security;
  • Forecasting spending for social security in Scotland;
  • Delivering Scotland’s social security system based on respect and dignity: converting positive aspirations into real-life experiences;
  • Next steps for implementation: improving delivery, navigating transition to Scotland and enabling change in welfare culture at point of delivery;
  • Assessing progress in alleviating poverty in Scotland; and
  • Latest thinking on tackling the wider factors impacting poverty: transport, housing and next steps for policy.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates