Launch of new user-led Commission to reform Social Security

A new Commission has been launched to find ways to make the welfare benefits system better and they want to hear from you. Closing date for submissions 31 July 2019

Group of protesters outside Parliament

The Commission is being led by Experts by Experience and all participants are people who are on, or have been on benefits.
The aim of the Commission is to produce a ‘White Paper’ style document setting out a better way of delivering Social Security in the UK.
As a first stage, the Commission is launching Call for Solutions asking for ideas and suggestions from all of us on how the benefits system can be improved.

The launch

The official launch of the Commission is on Wednesday 29th May and hosted by Sonia Sodha (from the Observer) with Andy Mitchell (Unite Community) and a live performance by Survivor’s Poetry.

The aim

The current Social Security system is failing too many people, but there is little agreement about how the system could be improved. The Commission on Social Security led by Experts by Experience is a ground-breaking new project which aims to find out how the government could make the welfare benefits system better. The Commission will produce a White Paper style document that will set out ways in which the system could be improved and builds consensus. The Commission is being funded by Trust for London.

The Commissioners

The project is user led and all the people on the panel (the Commissioners) are people who are on, or have been on benefits. They come from a range of user-led organisations speaking up for people on benefits and Deaf and Disabled people. The Co-Chairs of the Commission are Ellen Clifford (Inclusion London and Disabled People Against Cuts) and Nick Phillips (London Unemployed Strategies). The Commissioners will be in charge of the work produced by the team supporting the project: Dr Michael Orton, University of Warwick, Dr Kate Summers, London School of Economics, Dr Rosa Morris who is an expert on disability benefits and Austin Taylor-Laybourn from Trust for London.

Call for Solutions

The first stage of work is a Call for Solutions where all of us can submit ideas and suggestions on how to change Universal Credit, sickness and disability benefits for the better. You can submit your suggestions at closing date 31 July 2019.

You can download the Press Release launching the new Commission here.