Civil society expert to chair new social security body

Dr Sally Witcher OBE has been appointed by Scottish Ministers as chair of the Scottish Commission on Social Security, a new body tasked with scrutinising the Scottish social security system.

Dr Witcher is currently the Chief Executive of Inclusion Scotland and has around 30 years of experience working in a range of relevant roles including being Director of the Child Poverty Action Group and a member of the Scottish Government’s Poverty and Inequality Commission.

Dr Witcher said:
“The Social Security Act Scotland represents an historic opportunity to establish a coherent system based on dignity and respect. The challenge now will be to ensure that the positive commitments set out in the Charter are translated into the real-life experience of people claiming devolved benefits.

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