Welcome to the Social Security Advisory Committee’s (SSAC’s) website. Social security legislation can often be complicated. Even to those familiar with regulations, the volume of complex and inter-related detail involved in benefit law can be challenging.
Primary legislation on social security is increasingly becoming a means of securing broad policy objectives, with the detail on how that will be achieved being outlined in both secondary legislation and underpinning enabling guidance. The role of SSAC and its stakeholders is becoming more important, especially at a time when the government is preparing to deliver a significant programme of welfare reform. Scrutiny of draft legislation, and our ability to offer independent comment and advice on it, is an important part of what we do.
We seek to add value in other ways too. For example, as part of our Independent Work Programme we have recently published reports on communications in the benefits system and on the support people may need to claim Universal Credit. Both reports were based on discussions with our stakeholders. We look forward to further debate at our next stakeholder event, to be held in London on 7 November.
Paul Gray, Chair
- The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013
The Government published the Committee's report, alongside its own response, on The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 on 7 November. The regulations were laid in Parliament on the same day (7 November 2013)
- The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 (4 October 2013)
- New SSAC report highlights need to improve communications about benefits (9 September 2013)
- SSAC responds to DWP consultation on PIP assessment: moving around criteria (8 August 2013)
Our Independent Work Programme
- We carry out our own independent research on key issues relating to the operation of the benefits system. Read more.