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Remuneration:The Chair will receive £306 per day, with members receiving £225 per day 

Location:Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow 

Closing date:28 September 2018 at midnight 

Do you want to help make sure that the new Scottish social security system is based on dignity, fairness and respect? 

Then consider an appointment to the Scottish Commission on Social Security.


The Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) is a brand new public body that is being set up to scrutinise the Scottish social security system (including benefit regulations) and hold Scottish Ministers to account.  It will be comparable to – but have key differences from – the existing UK Social Security Advisory Committee.


You!  Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint the Chair and up to three Members of the very first SCoSS board.  The range of skills, experience and personal qualities they are looking for are set out in the Applicant Pack (such as knowledge of the social security system or experience of a disability), and if you feel you meet any of these, do consider applying!

What’s involved?

This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity! You will:

* help shape the SCoSS from the very beginning;

* need to spend a minimum of 5 days per month on SCoSS business, some of which may be in the evenings or weekends;

* have some flexibility for additional SCoSS work, particularly in the early months;   

* be appointed for up to four years, and may be re-appointed beyond this for up to eight years in total.


Anywhere!  The SCoSS will likely have a ‘home base’ in either Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dundee (to be decided), but space to meet can be found across Scotland if needed.


Yes!  The Chair will receive a gross daily rate of £306, with the Members receiving £225*.  Allowances will also be paid for any travel and subsistence costs,  as well as reasonable childcare or carer expenses incurred while you are carrying out SCoSS business.

Can I apply?

Of course!  We want to hear from people with a diverse range of skills, backgrounds and knowledge.  You do not need have previous board experience for these posts. Appointments are based on merit and meeting the skills required for the roles as described in the Applicant Pack. 

Completed applications should be sent to 

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.  They would also encourage applications from those with personal experience of having a disability arising from a physical or mental impairment.


Applications can be submitted to until midnight on 28th September. 

Interviews will take place on 19th, 22nd and 25th October in Edinburgh. 

Scottish Ministers aim to have the appointees take up post in January 2019.

How do I find out more?

More information on these roles can be found in the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.

Appointed on merit; commited to diversity and equality.


Application Information

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 or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.