Social Security and In-work Poverty Call for Views


The Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee has launched an inquiry into social security and in-work poverty. The Committee will focus on the potential impact of Universal Credit on in-work poverty and is seeking input from organisations and individuals to inform their view.


There have been a number of reports published in the area of low pay / in-work poverty. In November 2017, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published a briefing Poverty in Scotland 2017, summarising how poverty rates in Scotland are changing. The Committee will consider indications of increasing needs in working households. A number of studies on foodbanks use show increased use. As Universal Credit is being rolled out across Scotland, the Social Security Committee is asking for views on any or all of the following questions including from those with experience in this area, people with lived experience of the benefits system, and experts:

  • what impact will Universal Credit have on in-work poverty in Scotland? 
  • what is the experience so far in full-service areas in Scotland for those who are in work who are moving or have moved on to Universal Credit?
  • what is known about those experiencing in-work poverty in Scotland who do not claim or are not eligible for Universal Credit?
  • what can or should the Scottish Government do to mitigate any detrimental impact? 


The Committee will explore the potential impact of Universal Credit on in-work poverty. This will include consideration of recent research on trends in low wages and in-work poverty and indications of increasing financial need in working households including, for example, increased use of food banks

Next steps

Starting in September 2018, the Committee plans to hear from witnesses, consider written submissions and make visits.

The Committee will publish a report with its findings before the end of the year.

How to submit your views

The closing date for written submissions was Thursday 23 August 2018. 

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.

Please use the template provided to format your submission and complete the Data Protection Form and return it with your submission. If you are under twelve years of age we will need the consent of your parent or guardian. Please use the young person form.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language.

Written responses should be sent electronically, in the template format to the following address. Ideally they should be no more than four sides of A4.

[email protected]  

If you cannot submit electronically you may send in a hard copy written submission. If you are sending in a hard copy submission please print off and include a copy of the Data Protection Form.  Please send them to:

Social Security Committee
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP


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