Engagement on social security

We are creating opportunities for people across the country to get involved in the design and operation of Scotland's new social security system.

Experience Panels

Scotland's social security system is being shaped by people with direct experience of the current benefits system, through the use of Experience Panels.

The Experience Panels were set up in 2017 and will run for four years. More than 2,4000 volunteers from across Scotland are signed up.

If you have experience of the benefits that are being devolved to Scotland, and are interested in getting involved in the Experience Panels, contact:

Freephone 0800 029 4974 - language line translation is available on this number.

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via http://contactscotland-bsl.org.
Textphone: Prefix 18001
Email: SocialSecurityExperience@gov.scot
SMS: 07467 447 375

Find out more about getting involved in the Experience Panels.

Young Carer Panel

We will introduce a new grant for young people aged 16 to 17, and 18 (who are still at school) who provide regular unpaid care to someone who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

We want to work with young adults, aged 16-25, who have experience of regularly caring, so we can design the new grant with - and for - young carers and young adult carers in Scotland.

The Young Carer Panel is part of the social security Experience Panels.

Experience Panels: reports and publications

See a list of Experience Panel reports published to date. 

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