Scottish Commission on Social Security


The Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) is an advisory non-departmental public body set up to provide independent scrutiny of the Scottish social security system (including benefit regulations) and hold Scottish Ministers to account.

The full functions of the Commission are set out in section 22 of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

The Commission is separate from the Scottish Government, and carries out its work independent of both Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament.

This web page has been provided to the Commission by the Scottish Government as a temporary home for its documentation until the Commission’s own website is established.

Any information or documents published here are hosted on behalf of the Commission and are not to be considered part of the Scottish Government’s official record.



  • Dr Sally Witcher OBE


  • Sharon McIntyre
  • Judith Paterson
  • Dr Mark Simpson


On 19 September 2019 the Chair of SCoSS gave evidence at the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee session regarding SCoSS scrutiny of The Carer’s Assistance (Young Carer Grants) (Scotland) Regulations 2019