Adult Disability Payment is a key social security benefit in Scotland, currently providing £109.7m of vital support to 55,535 disabled people in Scotland. Over the course of the next few years a further 236,000 people will transfer to this new benefit from Personal Independence Payment currently provided by the Department of Work and Pensions.
The Scottish Government is committed to continuing to improve the experience of people receiving Adult Disability Payment to ensure they are supported in line with the principles of dignity, fairness, and respect at the heart of our new social security system. A year on from national roll-out, it is time for an independent review to ensure we meet the needs of disabled people both now and in the future.
We are seeking an established leader with a successful track record in policy development and delivery to chair this independent review. You will prepare a final report no later than June 2025, providing clear recommendations backed by robust evidence of the need for and impact of proposed changes and an understanding of the practicability of change and potential costs of delivery.
In this high-profile role you will build trust and confidence with disabled people and stakeholder groups and work closely with them and with Scottish Government and Social Security Scotland officials and wider experts. You will be supported by a secretariat and additional resources will be provided to support evidence gathering, analysis and engagement.
Remuneration for the post of Chair is £306 per day. Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed. The appointment is non-pensionable.
The time commitment is up to 2 days per week, although we are open to discussing flexible working arrangements and time commitments that work for you.
The appointment will be for a maximum of 18 months, but a shorter duration may be agreed in some circumstances.
We may consider appointing a candidate who holds a substantive role elsewhere, provided they meet all the essential criteria for this post.
As Chair, you must demonstrate:
As Chair, you will be able to work flexibly, but the role is likely to involve an element of travel.
To find out more about the role and the application process, please visit our website.
Application closing date: no later than 23:55 on the 27th November 2023.