Clients reporting changes to Social Security Scotland
We asked survey respondents how they would like to inform Social Security Scotland about a change of circumstances.
Over half of respondents (51 per cent) said that they would want to notify Social Security Scotland online.
Over a fifth (22 per cent) said that they would want to notify Social Security Scotland over the phone.
Other respondents want to inform Social Security Scotland through face to face contact.
Several said that they would like to use FREEPOST letters. A few said they would want to make contact through their social worker.
Focus groups participants described a number of reasons why they might not want to report a change of circumstances.
Lack of trust in the system
Unfriendly and hard to reach staff
Difficult to know when to report a change of circumstances if you have a fluctuating condition
Fear and uncertainty about reassessments
Some suggested having quick and simple tools to make it easier to get in touch with staff.
Some wanted an online call-back booking system. They described wanting to request that a client advisor gave them a ring at a convenient time.
"I'd like an appointment system – where I can ask them to call me back in these hours."
"Even if it's just going online and saying 'change of address' and then allows someone to call you back when you are free and ask for information."