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The Commission on Social Security led by Experts by Experience

Author: Trust for London

Trust for London is funding a new Commission which aims to produce a White Paper setting out a better way of delivering Social Security in the UK.

The current Social Security system is failing too many people, but there is little agreement about how the system could be improved. 

The Commission on Social Security led by Experts by Experience is a project which aims to find out how the government could make the welfare benefits system better.

The Commission aims to produce a White Paper style document which will set out ways in which the system could be improved and builds consensus.

The project is user led and all the people on the panel (the Commissioners) are people who are on or have been on benefits. They come from a range of user led organisations speaking up for people on benefits, and Deaf and Disabled people.

The Commission will ask for people to send in their thoughts and ideas for a better welfare system. The Co-Chairs of the Commission are Ellen Clifford (Inclusion London and Disabled People Against Cuts) and Nick Phillips (London Unemployed Strategies).

The Commissioners will be in charge of the work produced by the team which supports the project. These are: Michael Orton (Secretary, University of Warwick), Kate Summers (Research Analyst, London School of Economics) and Austin Taylor-Laybourn (Trust for London). 

Updates and news about the Commission will be available from Trust for London's website. 

You can read more about the project, and the team supporting the work, here.

If you have any queries about the Commission, please contact Austin Taylor-Laybourn, austin@trustforlondon.org.uk.