Scottish Government Social Security initiatives

Experience Panels

At least 2,000 people with direct personal experience of the current social security system are being recruited to help shape Scotland’s new system.

Experience Panels made up of people from across the country who use the current system will give their views on the design of Scotland’s new system and how to build and refine a better model.

Registration is now live and people can do so online and by post.  A free phone-line is also available for those who do not have online access or need any additional support. Freephone: 0800 029 4974 (includes language line translation)

Scottish Ministers have made clear they want to reach as many people with recent experience of benefits as possible, and it is crucial to get a wide representation across all of the devolved benefits.

More information about the Experience Panels is available at:

Twitter: @scotgovfairer #scotsocialsecurity



Benefits Take-up Campaign

The first phase of a Benefits Take-up Campaign was launched today 7 March.  It will run until Sunday 12 March.

The campaign will raise awareness of social security and encourage people across Scotland to seek advice on what they might be entitled to in terms of the full range of current UK benefits.  The campaign will run with radio clips and press advertorials across local platforms.  Go to Citizens Advice Scotland for further information and advice.

This briefing note provides further information about how you can support the campaign, with key messages and links etc. If you have any questions, please contact Simon Ebbett at the Scottish Government ([email protected] / 0131 244 2833).


Please get in touch with [email protected] if you have any further questions about either initiative.