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Chair of the Independent Review of Adult Disability Payment

  • Management Board
  • Sessional
  • UK-Various locations throughout Scotland
  • Closing 27th November 2023

  • Advertised from 1st November 2023
  • £306 per day



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.

Time Commitment

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.

Appointment Details

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.

Skills/Experience Required

As Chair, you must demonstrate:

  • Extensive leadership experience at senior level with a deep understanding of policy-making in a relevant area of public or third sector service delivery, in addition to excellent oral, written, and analytical skills.
  • In-depth experience of the impact of disability in everyday life either through your own lived experience or working with disabled people.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to a human-rights based approach to social security and the social model of disability.


As Chair, you will be able to work flexibly, but the role is likely to involve an element of travel.

Application notes

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.