Social Security Scotland

Social Security Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government.

Its purpose is to administer the Scottish social security system effectively, in accordance with the principles in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 and Charter.

We continue working on the legislation underpinning the benefits that Social Security Scotland will deliver, as well as the service design and establishment of the systems that it will use to administer these benefits.

Social Security Scotland is working closely with us to prepare to take on the delivery of benefits.

Social Security Scotland is led by Chief Executive David Wallace.

Once fully operational, Social Security Scotland will administer a total of 17 benefits, supporting 1.8 million people and providing approximately £5 billion in payments every year.

Once all of the benefits have been introduced, it will employ more than 3,500 people.

This will be split between the head office in Dundee, and the second major base in Glasgow and people located in the 32 local authority areas across Scotland delivering face-to-face support to those who need it.

As of March 2023, Social Security Scotland delivers 13 benefits. has further information on how to access these benefits

Social Security Scotland has published further corporate information on Social Security Scotland, including the framework that sets out the relationship between the agency and the Scottish Government, its interim corporate plan and details about its management team and governance.

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