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Join Experience Panels and help shape the new Scottish social security system.

By on March 15, 2017 in News

The government is seeking to recruit at least 2,000 people with experience of applying for or receiving benefits. The Experience Panels are open to anyone who has applied for or received a range of benefits in the last 12 months, including disability benefits and Carers Allowance

Register online by the 12 May 2017.

Why are Experience Panels important?
Putting the user experience first and involving the people of Scotland in the design of processes and services are two of the key principles of social security in Scotland. The Experience Panels are one of the ways that the Government plans to put those principles into practice.

What will taking part involve?
By registering, you are agreeing to be contacted by the Scottish Government about taking part in future research on social security.

Taking part might include completing short surveys, or taking part in interviews and workshops. Activities can be carried out face-to-face, on the phone and online. No matter where people live in Scotland, there will be opportunities to take part. There is no obligation of any kind to get involved in any of the activities.

Will taking part affect my benefits?
No. None of the information that you provide in any Experience Panels research will affect your benefits.

Any personal information that you provide will be kept completely confidential according to the Data Protection Act. None of the information that you give us will be shared with anyone outside of the Scottish Government.

Will I be paid to take part? and will expenses be covered?
You will not be paid to take part, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed after you take part. This includes travel costs and replacement care costs for the person you care for.

How long am I expected to be a member for?
The Experience Panels will run for four years, but you can opt out at any time. Membership will be refreshed with new members each year (or more frequently if necessary).

If you are interested and want to register to join, or if you want more information, follow this link

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