Confirming the appointment, Baroness Stedman-Scott said:
I am delighted to appoint Matthew to the Social Security Advisory Committee. The Committee provides important scrutiny and advice to the government on social security matters, and Matthew’s wealth of expertise and experience will enable him to make a valuable contribution to that work.
Dr Stephen Brien, SSAC Chair, said:
At a time when post-pandemic opportunities and challenges emerge for the social security system, Matthew’s appointment is a very welcome addition to the Committee. He will bring excellent knowledge and insight to our work on a broad range of issues that affect many people in our society, including a strong understanding of the impact of the benefit system on workers.
About the Committee
The Social Security Advisory Committee is an independent statutory body established in 1980. It provides advice to the Secretary of State on proposals for the amendment of secondary legislation and on general social security matters.
The Commissioner for Public Appointments regulates all appointments made by the Secretary of State to SSAC. All such appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice published by the Commissioner. The code is based on three core principles – merit, openness and fairness.
SSAC members receive a daily fee of £256.80, for a time commitment of 2 to 3 days a month.