What is the Social Security Advisory Council (SSAC)?
Formed in 2003, we are a voluntary body who meet on a monthly basis, giving independent advice and guidance to the Minister for Social Security. Our responsibilities are defined in Article 42 of the Social Security (Jersey) Law 1974.
Our aims and responsibilities
We have a remit to consider and advise on all matters relating to social security, either as referred by the Minister or on our own initiative.
We give assistance as to current practices and future innovation within the Social Security Department, as well as carrying out detailed scrutiny of any proposals for new or proposed changes to benefits and the legislation that underpins Jersey’s social security system.
We maintain a regular informal dialogue with the Treasury on various matters relating to the investment of the Social Security (Reserve) Fund.
The essence of our work is to ensure good governance of Social Security and allied systems. This sometimes encompasses a wider ‘social affairs’ remit, but generally ensures that the States of Jersey's social support / protection system is well run.
We operate in an open and transparent manner, and on this basis we submit an annual report to the States outlining our activities over the year.
We have no executive function and cannot answer individual benefit enquiries or investigate complaints. Any such enquiries or complaints should be referred to the Social Security Department.
Our membership consists of a chairman and up to 8 full members. We come from a diverse range of backgrounds, representing stakeholders and the community at large. Ad hoc members (with no voting powers) can also be appointed from time to time to assist us in our work, and may be appointed to full membership status as vacancies arise.