Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) - Committee Member - Social Security and Tax

Body: Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC)
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: Location is flexible, although you will normally be expected to attend Caxton House regularly for SSAC meetings. (Due to covid-19 restrictions, the committee is meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams. This will be reviewed inline with the Government’s Covid-19 policy and guidance )
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £256.80. per day
Time Requirements: 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

    19/01/2022 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift

    TBC W/C 31/01/2022

  • Final Interview Date

    TBC W/C 25/04/2022

  • Announcement


This Vacancy has been extended. The new closing date will be 17:00 on 19/01/22


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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; and

•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 provide advice on. The Chair and Committee members meet regularly with Ministers and senior officials to discuss topical issues and meet front-line staff and customers during 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:

Social Security Advisory Committee – GOV.UK (


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; and

•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.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

There is one post available.

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and experience:

•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 diverse groups of claimants, especially those who may face 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; and

•Knowledge of social security and tax credit laws.


How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

1.  A CV (maximum 2-3 pages) with your education and professional qualifications and full employment history.

2.   An accompanying Supporting statement (maximum 2 pages) – this is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out on page six. You should aim to provide specific examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the criteria, and which describe what your role was in achieving a specific result. Please ensure your full name, the post for which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please ensure that you clearly state your full name, and the post for which you are applying, at the top of your CV and supporting statement.

3.  Personal Information Form Most of the information requested is not seen by the panel assessing your application (although the panel will consider any declaration of interests).

4.  Diversity Monitoring Form. This is for monitoring purposes only. By collecting and analysing the data of those applying and obtaining an appointment, we can improve our diversity strategy. This form is not part of the selection process and will be treated in strictest confidence. It will be kept separate from your application and not be seen by the selection panel.

The closing date for applications is: 17:00 on Wednesday 19 January 2022.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Please email your application to:

If you have any difficulty in sending your application or need the application pack in an alternative format please contact the ALB Public Appointments Team using the email address above.

Personal Information Form (SSAC Committee Member - Social Security and Tax)
Diversity Form (SSAC Committee Member - Social Security and Tax)
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