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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03448: Willie Rennie (North East Fife)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 5 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many consultation events were held regarding the report, Consultation on Social Security in Scotland; how many of these events were open to the public, and how many members of the public attended each event.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 3 November 2016

Just over 120 events have been held as part of the engagement in relation to Consultation on Social Security in Scotland.

Many of the events were hosted by partner organisations with a view to ensuring those with lived experience and those who support them were able to have their say. It was important for many of the engagement activities that individuals were able to have their say in a safe space therefore these were not public facing. However, there were other events which were widely promoted and that were open to the public.

On occasions, where individuals asked to attend events, the Scottish Government worked closely with partners to ensure that appropriate events were identified where possible.

The engagement has reached thousands of people across Scotland with the Scottish Government working in partnership with key organisations to engage fully with those who receive benefits and have experience of the current system.

The events have been a mix of large events, some with over 350 attendees, and smaller focus groups where we have been able to talk in depth about people’s experiences and our plans for social security in Scotland.