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Commission on Social Security


***Interim webpage - new site coming soon***



Aim: to produce a White Paper style document setting out a better system

and building consensus


 Video Intro


The social security (welfare benefits) system is failing.
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But there is little agreement on how the system can be improved.
The Commission on Social Security led by Experts by Experience is a project set up to find out how the government could make the welfare benefits system better.
The project is using a 'Commission of Inquiry' model. This means that a panel of people, separate from government, will find out the information.
The project is user led. This means that 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, from Inclusion London and Disabled People Against Cuts; and,
Nick Phillips, from London Unemployed Strategies.
The Commissioners are in charge of the work done by the team who support the project. These are: Michael Orton (Secretary - University of Warwick), Kate Summers (Research Analyst - London School of Economics), Austin Taylor-Laybourn (Observer - Trust for London).
The Commissioners will soon be asking people to send thoughts and ideas for a better welfare benefits system.


The Commission on Social Security led by Experts by Experience is kindly funded by Trust for London.
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Any questions?
Email the Commission Secretary: