FM confirms locations in Dundee and Glasgow.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today announced that Scotland's
new social security agency will be headquartered in Dundee,
bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.
The new agency will also have a site in Glasgow, with the two
locations together creating at least 1,500 jobs split evenly
between the two cities.
The First Minister made the announcement as she met social
security stakeholders in Dundee.
"Having powers over newly devolved benefits presents an exciting
opportunity to create a social security system for Scotland that is
fairer and based on dignity and respect.
"I'm delighted to confirm that Dundee and Glasgow will be the
locations of the new social security agency. Establishing
headquarters in Dundee demonstrates our support for the city's
ongoing regeneration. Having two sites will ensure that economic
benefit is spread between the east and west of Scotland and across
the cities' neighbouring areas.
"The agency will also have a local presence with additional
staff working across the country that will ensure that economic
benefit and jobs will also be spread across all parts of
"Our new social security system is the largest, most complex
programme of change in the history of devolution. We will continue
to work hard to engage with local partners and our innovative
social security Experience Panel as we develop the service."
Dundee City Council leader Councillor John Alexander said:
"This is an exciting announcement and major vote of confidence
in Dundee by the Scottish Government. The agency will bring with it
several hundred new jobs and will provide a notable boost for the
local economy generally.
"I have been working closely with the Scottish Government to
ensure that our shared aspirations can be delivered and this will
no doubt complement that work and will be a great asset to Dundee.
Our close working relationship with Scottish Government is a
strength for the city and I'm particularly pleased to see that the
pioneering and innovative approach taken by Dundee City Council and
partners to welfare advice and support is being recognised."
Glasgow City Council leader Councillor Susan Aitken said:
"The new Social Security agency will benefit the whole of
Scotland, but it's great news it will have such a direct benefit to
the people of Glasgow, and I want to congratulate Dundee on hosting
"Glasgow sits at the heart of a city region and, working with
colleagues from other local authorities, we will ensure that the
agency has the right staff and that people who would most benefit
are job-ready and able to take up these opportunities."
Source - Scottish Government Website