SSAC can “make significant contribution” to further devolution says new member McCormick

“Choices will be made soon on further devolution,” said Dr Jim McCormick as he took up his appointment as a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) on Monday 3 November. 

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By Sarah.Aston

03 Nov 2014

Dr McCormick has served as the committee’s expert advisor on Scotland since November 2013 and was appointed as a member of the SSAC in August by minister for welfare reform Lord Freud.

Speaking around the topic of further devolution, McCormick said: “SSAC can make a significant contribution in its role of providing independent scrutiny and advice in the area of social security.”

He added: “I am delighted to be joining the Committee at such an important time for Scotland.”

SSAC is an independent advisory board of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which gives advice on social security issues, scrutinises and reports on social security regulations, and advises on matters that are referred to it by the secretary of state for work and pensions or the Northern Ireland department for social development.

As well as his role as a member of the Committee, McCormick is also Scotland adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a board member of Scottish Business in the Community and a member of the Stroke Association Scotland Committee.

Paul Gray, chair of the SSAC, said of McCormick’s appointment: “He will bring valuable experience to the Committee on all social security issues, but the Committee will particularly value his insight on developments in Scotland as the current debate regarding greater devolution moves forward.”


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