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Les Allamby's early reflections of SSAC...the second time around!

Photograph of Les Allamby, Member of the Social Security Advisory Committee.

I never had a misspent youth. As a student I spent my Saturday mornings volunteering on a Durham market stall containing (then) DHSS[1] leaflets, answering basic queries and offering appointments for more complex issues. Not knowing what I wanted to …

My first impressions of SSAC by 'benefits nerd' Daphne Hall

Photograph of Daphne Hall, Member of the Social Security Advisory Committee

A bit of a benefits nerd, I’ve been in welfare rights pretty much all my working life. I started as an adviser - first at Citizens Advice in London, moving on to Springfield psychiatric hospital and then Bristol City Council …

Professor Stephen Hardy reflects on joining SSAC with ‘an insider view’

Professor Stephen Hardy visiting a Job Centre with SSAC colleague Daphne Hall.

As an academic, researching into employment and social security law, I often found myself looking at the wealth of work undertaken by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) from the outside. Therefore, when they advertised for new Committee members with legal …

Disability, health and social security: the importance of effective scrutiny

As I move on from being part of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) I’m doing a little reflecting. SSAC may not be the highest profile body – its activities are technical and detailed by nature - but its work …

Thinking about joining SSAC? My thoughts on why you should get stuck in!

I wasn’t a 'Whitehall Warrior' and so thought I didn’t have a chance of being selected when I applied to become a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC)! But it turned out they welcome and encourage a breadth …

Social Security Advisory Committee: a unique and valuable body

Prior to my appointment to the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC), my work at the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group was primarily focused on tax and tax credits. At that time, I had developed a special interest in the tax …

Reflections on my time with the Social Security Advisory Committee

I have been a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) since 2016 and, as my term comes to an end, I want to reflect on what a fascinating role it has been. When I was first appointed, I …

Review of the Covid-19 temporary measures

In August 2020 we launched a review of the social security measures that had been implemented by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland (DfC) to support those whose work, income and …

Rapid review of post-lockdown changes to social security benefits

The government response to Covid-19 has included a series of easements, adjustments and additions to social security benefit entitlements that the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has welcomed as necessary and beneficial. We recognise that the unprecedented circumstances meant many …

Applauding our vital public services: delivering essential support during the Coronavirus pandemic

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Image of Jobcentre workcoach in discussion with young man.

When we all welcomed the arrival of the new year just three short months ago, I suspect very few – if any - of us could have imagined the relentless march of COVID-19 across the globe nor the impact it …