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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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