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THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE ROLE AND REMIT Gill Saunders – Committee Secretary www.ssac.org.uk. WHAT IS THE SSAC?. Established in November 1980 It is an Independent Statutory Body, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions

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THE SOCIAL

SECURITY ADVISORY

COMMITTEE

ROLE AND REMIT

Gill Saunders – Committee Secretary

www.ssac.org.uk


What is the ssac
WHAT IS THESSAC?

  • Established in November 1980

    • It is an Independent Statutory Body, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions

    • It is the main UK advisory body on social security and related matters, such as links with the labour market and wider social welfare issues

    • The legislation governing SSAC is The Social Security Administration Act 1992 section 170 et seq and schedule 5


Why the ssac
WHY THESSAC?

  • Some anachronisms of title and remit, but social security legislation underpins and drives the DWP’s programmes and services (New Deals, Work Focused Interviews, Direct Payments etc)

  • Social Security law is complex - SSAC is there to look both at the detail and at the broad picture.

  • The Committee is independent of Government, the Department and sectional interests.


Membership
MEMBERSHIP

  • The Committee has 14 Members:

    • The Chairman - Sir Richard Tilt

    • ‘employee’ representative

    • ‘employer’representative

    • Experience of disability

    • DSD NI

  • Members have a range of interests and expertise. They are appointed by the Secretary of State for 3 years (renewable)

  • Fees/exenpses are paid


Responsibilities
RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Advises the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on a wide range of social security matters.

  • Has the power to scrutinise and report on proposals for social security secondary legislation.

  • The Committee offers advice in confidence to Treasury Ministers on Tax Credits.

  • Advises the Secretary of State on DWP’s public information strategy and products.


How ssac works
HOW SSAC WORKS

  • Programme of monthly meetings

    • scrutiny of proposals for regulations and presentations on work in progress in DWP and elsewhere, including stakeholder organisations

  • Other work done in Member’s own time - in particular the scrutiny of information products

  • Wide ranging programme of visits to operational sites, regular meetings with Ministers and senior officials


Current issues
CURRENT ISSUES

  • The Annual report sets out current policy and operational issues and concerns

  • Balancing its independent work programme with the demands of the core ‘regulations’ business

  • Test running scrutiny of ‘6 months rule regs against the progressing Welfare Reform and Pension Acts

  • The future of the HMRC role

  • The future of the ‘public information’ role


The secretariat
THE SECRETARIAT

Gill Saunders

Ethna Hartnett

Bob Elbert

New Court, 48 Carey Street, London WC2A 2LS

Tel: 020 7412 1510 Fax: 020 7412 1570

Email: ssac @dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Website: http://www.ssac.org.uk


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