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Learning from Scottish Welfare Reform Committee

Left to right: Ursula O'Hare, Michael McMahon MSP, Alex Maskey MLA, Grainne McKeever, Glenn Jordan

Today, 3 July, the Law Centre and its partners in NICVA and NIASC hosted a meeting with Michael McMahon, chair of the Scottish Welfare Reform Committee, in our Belfast office.

The aim was to learn more about the impact of welfare reform in Scotland and hear about methods of engagement between civil society and Committees in Scotland.  Alex Maskey, Chair of the Northern Ireland Social Development Committee, also contributed. Both stressed that hard evidence gathered at grassroots level by voluntary and community sector organisations is crucial in shaping policies. 

Dr Kevin Pelan, Secretary of the Committee and Grainne McKeever of University of Ulster, speaking as a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee, exchanged suggestions with voluntary sector participants on developing innovative means of engagement between policy makers and civil society.

More information on the Scottish Welfare Reform Committee here

Below are two reports mentioned in today's discussion:

Report on food banks in Scotland

Briefing on food aid in the UK




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