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Remuneration:£225 per day 

Location:Edinburgh and Glasgow 

Closing date:01 April 2019 at midnight 

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to eight Members to the new statutory Poverty and Inequality Commission.  The appointments are for up to five years following establishment of the body on 1 July 2019.

Information about the Poverty and Inequality Commission

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a new public body and influence policy to reduce poverty and inequality in Scotland, working closely with a range of stakeholders, including local authorities, health boards and business, to do so.  A full information pack is available that will tell you everything you want to know about becoming a member of the Poverty and Inequality Commission – including key information on the Commission itself, the appointment process, how to apply, and the timescales for doing so.

The Commission will be formally set up from 1 July 2019 as a new public body, as required by the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017.  Up to eight members will be appointed through this round, who will join the new Commission Chair, Bill Scott.  The body replaces the existing Poverty and Inequality Commission established by Scottish Ministers in July 2017.

As poverty and inequality covers such a wide range of issues the Commission will also be able to form working groups, inviting individuals from outside the Commission to participate, bringing additional experience when needed.

The Commission will collectively hold the Scottish Government to account on their progress in tackling poverty and inequality.  It will also have a lead role in considering the impacts of actions by others on poverty and inequality in Scotland, providing constructive challenge as appropriate.  Across the Commission’s work, it will seek to influence stakeholders effectively to deliver change.

Role and responsibilities

As a Commission member you will help the Commission to tackle poverty and inequality by providing advice and suggestions to Scottish Ministers and others.

You will attend regular meetings of the Commission and be suitably prepared to participate fully, with the opportunity to take part in additional working groups and meetings where appropriate.

You will work closely with your colleagues to reach agreement on the areas of interest and how the Commission may influence the wider discussions on poverty and inequality.  You will bring your unique experience, perspective and knowledge to these discussions.  Given the broad range of interests and backgrounds you will work with your colleagues to identify common ground and reach an informed, shared view, which will be adopted by the Commission.

As part of the Commission you will build and maintain effective networks and partnerships in order to influence how we all think about poverty and inequality and the actions we take to address it.  Links will be needed across Scotland, from grass roots levels to national organisations and businesses.  By working closely together and considering a broad range of views the Commission will be able to make effective decisions.

Through your work with the Commission you may have the opportunity to speak at public events, including in Parliament; representing the views of the Commission.

The Commission Chair, Bill Scott, will work with you to help you to develop your skills and ensure you are able to contribute effectively to the Commission.


We are looking for the combined board to demonstrate a wide range of skills and experience in order to provide comprehensive and well-rounded advice.

Candidates should demonstrate evidence of one or more of the following priority criteria:

  • the ability to reflect critically on your lived experience of poverty in order to inform solutions;

  • experience of engaging with disadvantaged or marginalised groups;

  • experience of working with children and families experiencing poverty;

  • experience of developing and using analysis in connection with poverty;

  • experience of the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policy relating to poverty.

In addition, all Members must be able to demonstrate evidence of both of the following general criteria:

  • ability to constructively challenge others and be challenged by others;

  • ability to communicate effectively and influence others.

Further detail on the skills and experience required are outlined in the applicant information pack.

Appointment Information

The initial appointment is for up to five years with the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond.  Any appointment and subsequent reappointment will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years in total.

All appointments will be made following the Commission’s formal establishment on the 1 July 2019.  Once appointed you will be expected to work an average of one day each month on core business; i.e. attending routine meetings.  You may also lead or participate in working groups formed by the Commission which will require additional time: this is not expected to exceed five days over the course of a year.

Meetings of the Commission will likely be held at least once every two months in a central location in either Glasgow or Edinburgh. In addition Members may have the opportunity to attend additional meetings with stakeholders or to attend events. These may be across Scotland; however you will be asked whether it is suitable for you to attend.

Further Information

Full information on the appointments is at www.appointed-for-scotland.org/

Closing date for applications is Monday, 1 April 2019.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from individuals with lived experience of poverty and from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity and treatment to all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to meet the person specification and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at public.appointments@gov.scot.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

Additional Information

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