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Earlier this year, Bright Blue Scotland published its Separate support? report, which was the first ever comprehensive and detailed analysis into Scottish public opinion on the devolution of social security, offering an original and critical insight into the attitudes of Scottish voters on the direction of social security reform in Scotland. Between the upcoming Holyrood elections in 2021 and the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the future holds a significant opportunity to implement further changes and reforms to social security.

The key questions that this webinar panel will explore are:

  • What views have Scots held on broad approaches and principles to social security before the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How supportive are Scots of current and future devolution of social security powers?
  • To what degree is there support for social security reforms currently being introduced by the Scottish Government?
  • Do Scots have an appetite for a more diverse range of principle and policy approaches to social security?
  • What are the implications of the findings on the 2021 Scottish Parliament election?
  • What are the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for future of social security policy?

The key speakers are:

  • Jeremy Balfour MSP, Member, Social Security Committee
  • Pauline McNeill MSP, Deputy Convener, Social Security Committee
  • Prof John McKendrick, Professor in Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Anvar Sarygulov, Senior Researcher, Bright Blue
  • Dr Jim McCormick, Associate Director for Scotland, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Chair)

Date: Monday 17th August 2020, 12:00-13:15

Venue: Digital, details of how to watch the panel online will be sent to attendees before the event.

RSVP: Here

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