Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for social security reform in Scotland and policy to tackle poverty

December 2018

This timely seminar examines key issues for implementing Scotland’s Social Security Act - and will be an opportunity for key stakeholders and policymakers to consider the way forward for Scotland’s social security system more widely. It follows the recent confirmation in the 2018-2019 Programme for Scotland that The Scottish Government will appoint the Chair and Members of a new Scottish Commission on Social Security in January 2019, with the aim of scrutinising the reformed system.

The agenda will include discussion on the setting up of the Social Security Agency with responsibilities for administering a range of now-devolved benefits - including Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Carers Allowance - and how to address the challenges for delivering accessibility, joined-up services, value for money and a person-centred approach.

Planned sessions will bring out latest thinking on tackling poverty and deprivation beyond the social security system, including issues around in-work poverty, improving skills and increasing employability, and addressing the impact of high housing costs.

Delegates will also assess the priorities for tackling child poverty in Scotland - with a focus on the next steps in promoting early intervention, the latest thinking in raising attainment and the future for supporting families - in the context of the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.

Attendees will consider the way forward for supporting school children experiencing poverty across Scotland. Discussion is expected on the recommendations aimed at reducing the poverty-related attainment gap from the Education and Skills Committee’s recently published report, which called on The Scottish Government to work with local authorities to ‘poverty-proof’ education policies so that there are fewer financial barriers to schooling. They will also look at ways in which the Social Economy Growth Fund can be used to support the third sector in reducing poverty, in light of the recently announced £4 million in grants to support 22 community organisations, social enterprises and charity groups working in this area.

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