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Response to the Social Security Committee Inquiry: COVID-19 and Social Security

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the Social Security Committee’s call for evidence on the role of Scottish Social Security in COVID-19 recovery.

Social security at its most basic should act as a safety net – a floor beneath which none of us can fall – to prevent poverty and destitution. However, the reality is that currently there are gaps in the social security system, mainly in relation to reserved benefits, which people currently can and do fall right through.

Our response seeks to highlight areas where changes could be made to ensure that social security plays the full role that it should in supporting people living in Scotland through an unprecedented public health and economic crisis.


Debbie Horne
Publication date
October 2020
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