Social Security Advisory Committee

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The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is a statutory body that provides impartial advice to the UK government on social security issues. When the SSAC reports on government proposals for regulations the report must be presented to Parliament together with the regulations and a statement from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions responding to any recommendations.


The Committee was formed in November 1980 and is now covered by the Social Security Administration Act 1992. It took over the advisory functions of the former Great Britain and Northern Ireland Supplementary Benefits Commissions and the National Insurance Advisory Committee, and also assumed advisory responsibility for family income supplement and child benefit which had not previously come within the scope of any advisory committee. The Social Security and Housing Benefits Act 1982 extended the Committee's responsibilities to cover advice on the new housing benefit scheme, replacing the Advisory Committee on Rent Rebates and Rent Allowances (ACRRRA) from April 1983.[1]

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  1. ^ SSAC - About Archived 2008-12-15 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Paul Gray appointed as interim chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee
  3. ^ Paul Gray proposed as the next Social Security Advisory Committee chair
  4. ^ Deep Sagar proposed as the next Social Security Advisory Committee Chair
  5. ^ Department for Work and Pensions - Social Security Advisory Committee publishes seventeenth report Archived 2007-06-23 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Aston University - Aston appoints new chancellor - Sir Michael Bett CBE
  7. ^ Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Sir Peter Barclay retires from JRF chair Archived 2006-11-05 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Hansard 28 October 1980 vol 991 c266
  9. ^ "STEVENSON, Prof. Olive". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. April 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017.

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