Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights

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The Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities, and Pensioners' Rights is a cabinet post in the Scottish Government. The cabinet post was created in November 2014 as a result of Nicola Sturgeon's reshuffle. The reshuffle meant that another previous Cabinet post, that of the short-lived (since April 2014) Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights post, was abolished.

The Cabinet Secretary is assisted by two junior Ministers: Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, Marco Biagi MSP and Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess MSP.


Social justice, democratic renewal, elections, community empowerment, community planning, local government, planning, building standards, business improvement districts, town centres, housing, welfare, measures against poverty and homelessness, the third sector and the social economy, equality, social and human rights, religious and faith organisations, cross-government co-ordination on pensioners’ rights and welfare.


From 2007 to 2009 the Minister for Communities and Sport was a junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. In 2009, sport was linked with public health and the role became the Minister for Housing and Communities.

Following the 2011 election, the role was reorganised as Minister for Housing and Welfare[1] but as a junior ministerial position, the Minister did not attend the Scottish Cabinet.[2]


  1. ^ "Scottish Parliament Fact sheet Ministers, Law Officers and Parliamentary Liaison Officers by Cabinet: Session 4". Scottish Parliament. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Scotland Act (1998), Only those appointed under Section 47 of the Scotland Act "attend" Cabinet. Junior ministers are appointed under Section 49 and may be "present".

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