About Welfare Scotland

We are a not for profit organisation working to promote the benefit of a fair and compassionate rights-based social security system which meets the needs of the people of Scotland. In addition to this, we provide a range of services to support disabled people, those who are chronically ill and the carers who support them.

We campaign for the development of a system which puts the needs of claimants and carers at its centre and a system which fully engages with claimants and carers through the design, implementation and the continual review of social security provision.

We believe that a fair and compassionate social security system will protect the most vulnerable in society and will work actively to reduce poverty and hardship. This caring system will promote community cohesion, lead to improved health and wellbeing and will ensure people are not left in destitution at a time of crisis and need.

  • Legal name

    Welfare Scotland is registered in Scotland as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, company no. SC574987.

  • Trading styles

    Our trading style is Welfare Scotland and references to Welfare Scotland relates to the organisation registered as Welfare Scotland Limited.

  • Management type

    Welfare Scotland is a not-for-profit organisation which is managed by a board. We refer to the board as our Executive Council and information about our current members of the council are available on request.

Meet the Executive Council

The management and activities of Welfare Scotland is overseen by the Executive Council which consists of members with expertise in a wide range of areas including HR, law, the community and voluntary sector, youth work and the benefits system. Although some members of the council represent specific areas of interest, all members are jointly involved in overseeing the management and development of the organisation as a whole.


Rob McDowall



David Caulfield

Deputy Chair


Scott McPherson

Member for Young People

Joining the Executive Council