Social Security Advisory Committee - Committee Members

Body: Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC)
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: London. There are also occasional opportunities to visit other locations, for example to visit operational sites.(To meet covid-19 social distancing requirements, the Committee is meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams.)
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The daily fee payable is £256.80.
Time Requirements: The time commitment fluctuates throughout the year, but Members are required to commit to 2-3 days’ work per month. The flexibility to work more than this on occasion would be helpful

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/02/2021 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift

    TBC w/c 01 March 2021

  • Final Interview Date

    TBC 20-21 April 2021

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

About the Social Security Advisory Committee

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is an independent statutory body, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is the UK Government’s advisory body on social security matters. In addition to providing advice and assistance to the Secretary of State, it performs mandatory scrutiny of most secondary legislation laid before Parliament that underpin the welfare system. Thus, much of the Department’s policy and service delivery activity, including the welfare reform agenda, comes before the Committee.

In addition to the scrutiny of proposals for secondary legislation, the Committee’s general advisory functions are deployed to:

•inform the Committee’s work, improving members’ ability to scrutinise regulations and provide independent     advice to Ministers;

•add value to the debate on a topic that is of current interest to Government and stakeholders;

•stimulate debate of a specific topic within the Committee and amongst stakeholders.

The committee responds to the Department’s public consultation exercises where appropriate, and Ministers may also seek views on specific issues. The Committee may also select issues itself which it wishes to research and report upon. The Chair and Committee members meet regularly with Ministers and senior officials to discuss topical issues and also meet front-line staff and customers in the course of their visits to operational sites.

The Committee is independent of Government, the Department and sectional interests. It has a strong track record in offering informed, expert advice. Members come from a variety of backgrounds, but collectively they have a considerable depth of knowledge and expertise in social security policy, law and the wider social policy agenda.

Further information about the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) can be found at:


The Role of a Committee Member

Members are expected to:

•Maintain and continuously develop an understanding of complex social security and welfare reform issues, taking into account Government policies, the financing of the welfare system and the broader economic social context;

•Fully prepare for all meetings by reading papers in advance and carrying out any other necessary preparatory work;

•Attend Committee meetings and make an effective personal contribution;

•Work constructively and collaboratively with the Chair and members of the Committee on all aspects of the Committee’s work; including its independent work programme and broader activities;

•Represent the Committee at external events on occasion.



SSAC meets ten times every year at Caxton House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NA. Members also have an opportunity to visit other locations, for example visits to operational sites.

Currently, to meet Covid-19 social distancing guidance, the Committee is meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

There are two posts available.

Candidates should demonstrate the following skills and experience regardless of the post they are applying for:

•knowledge, understanding and experience of working with governments and political stakeholders;

•understanding of the political and financial context in which the social security system operates and of the Committee’s role in advising Government;

•understanding of the impact of social security regulations and implementation on a diverse range of different groups of claimants, especially those who may face particular disadvantage;

•the ability to work effectively as part of a team, and to operate constructively and collaboratively with a diverse range of colleagues;

◦an ability to understand and analyse the details of complex proposals and evaluate and advise objectively on  the basis of that analysis;

•the ability to deal appropriately with confidential material shared with the Committee, and manage potential conflicts of interest (or perceived conflicts of interest) in a responsible manner.

Additionally, candidates must demonstrate one or more of the following areas of experience:

POST 1: Representative of workers: a good understanding of the impact of the benefit system on workers – including low paid workers, those with different forms of contract, the self-employed and those in fluctuating work. Candidates to demonstrate that they would be able to represent – with authority – a wide range of these perspectives, for example by having a network already in place or the ability to develop and maintain a credible and effective network.

POST 2: Detailed knowledge of social security and tax credit laws, including the connections and interactions between them: primary legislation, regulations and implications for implementation.

If you have experience relating to both of the above posts, that should be clearly evidenced in your application.

SSAC Member Candidate Pack Final
Personal Information Form (SSAC Committee Members )
Diversity Form (SSAC Committee Members)
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