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Paul Gray

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


  • Consultation: The Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014
    The Committee is seeking views on the impacts and unintended consequences of these regulations, which have removed access to Housing Benefit for European Economic Area (EEA) jobseekers who are entitled to income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
  • Interested in becoming a Committee member? The Committee has a strong track record in offering informed, expert advice. Members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, but collectively have a considerable depth of knowledge of, and expertise in, both social security policy and law and the wider social agenda. If you are interested in joining us, more information can be found on our recruitment page. Closing date for applications is 7 April.
  • JSA (Habitual Residence) Amendment [and other related] regulations
    The Committee considered the JSA (Habitual Residence) Amendment [and other related] regulations on 30 January. The Committee's views are documented in an exchange of correspondence with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • 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)

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Our Independent Work Programme

  • We carry out our own independent research on key issues relating to the operation of the benefits system. Read more.