Framework Document

Framework document between the Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) and the Scottish Government, setting out the broad framework within which SCoSS operates.


This framework document sets out the broad framework within which the Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) operates and defines key roles and responsibilities which underpin the relationship between SCoSSand the Scottish Government (SG). The framework document does not confer any legal powers or responsibilities. Therefore, SCoSS’s statutory responsibilities as defined in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (the Act) agreed by the Scottish Parliament, take priority.

SCoSS is an independent advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (“NDPB”). As is the case with all other relevant NDPBs, SCoSS has certain responsibilities to the SG in undertaking its work. However, in performing its statutory functions SCoSS is not subject to the direction or control of any member of the Scottish Government.

This document forms a key part of the accountability and governance framework. It should be reviewed and updated as necessary and at least every two to three years.

Any proposals to amend the framework document by either the SG or SCoSS will be taken forward in consultation and in the light of SG priorities and policy aims.

Any question regarding the interpretation of the document shall be determined by the SG after consultation with SCoSS.  Legislative provisions shall take precedence over any part of the document.

References to SCoSSinclude the Chair, Members and any working groups or committees formed by SCoSS.

Copies of the document shall be placed in the Scottish Parliament Reference Centre. It shall also be published on the SG and SCoSS websites.

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