The Social Security Advisory Committee has, by statute, a vital role to play in scrutinising detailed and complex regulations and expressing its views to ministers and Parliament. We also have an important role in identifying and commenting on wider issues in social welfare through our independent work programme.
Established in 1980, we are an independent statutory body that provides advice on social security and related matters.
Our main responsibilities are to:
- perform a mandatory scrutiny of most of the proposed regulations that underpin the social welfare system on behalf of the Secretary of State for both DWP and Parliament
- provide advice and assistance to the Secretary of State, whether in response to a specific request or on our own initiative