Occasional papers: SSAC

These papers reflect the research we carry out to support the advice we give to ministers and the discussions we have with our stakeholders.

We carry out research as part of our independent work programme. We publish our research in the occasional papers listed in this collection.

About our research

The research we carry out as part our independent work programme aims to:

  • provide an evidence base for our work, improving members’ ability to scrutinise regulations and provide credible independent advice to ministers
  • add value to the debate on a topic that is of current interest to government or a broad range of our stakeholders
  • stimulate debate or discussion of a specific topic
  • introduce new thinking on data analysis

To get the most value from our projects, we try to undertake them at the right time and we avoid duplicating work being done by other organisations.

Get involved

We are always keen to hear the views of stakeholders that can help shape our research. A wide range of stakeholders help with our projects, including at our twice-yearly stakeholder events. Our research needs to be useful at a practical level to individuals and organisations that are involved in the day-to-day delivery of benefits and aspects of welfare reform.

We welcome your views on new areas we should consider looking at. Please contact us with your ideas.

Social Security Advisory Committee

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Occasional papers

  1. SSAC Occasional Paper 20: Young people living independently
  2. SSAC Occasional Paper 19: In-work progression and Universal Credit
  3. SSAC Occasional Paper 18: Decision making and mandatory reconsideration
  4. SSAC Occasional Paper 17: Telephony in DWP and HMRC: an update
  5. SSAC Occasional Paper 16: Bereavement benefit reform
  6. SSAC Occasional Paper 15: Universal Credit: priorities for action
  7. SSAC Occasional Paper 14: Localisation and social security
  8. SSAC Occasional Paper 13: Social security and the self-employed
  9. SSAC Occasional Paper 12: The cumulative impact of welfare reform: a commentary
  10. SSAC Occasional Paper 11: Communications in the benefits system
  11. SSAC Occasional Paper 10: Implementation of Universal Credit and the support needs of claimants
  12. SSAC Occasional Paper 9: Universal Credit and Conditionality
  13. SSAC Occasional Paper 8: Getting Involved
  14. SSAC Occasional Paper 7: Telephony in DWP and HMRC
  15. SSAC Occasional Paper 6: Rights and Responsibilities in the Social Security System
  16. SSAC Occasional Paper 5: Third Party Deductions
  17. SSAC Occasional Paper 4: Patterns of employment, benefit eligibility and the rights and responsibilities agenda
  18. SSAC Occasional Paper 3: Telephony in DWP and its agencies
  19. SSAC Occasional Paper 2: An examination of the ethical and legal issues of ‘piloting’ in its widest sense in DWP
  20. SSAC Occasional Paper 1: Sanctions in the benefit system
Published 29 April 2014
Last updated 25 September 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added Occasional Paper 13: Social security provision and the self-employed
  2. First published.