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Social security

Social security underpins all of our services and works in serving those most vulnerable in society. 

The purpose of the social security or benefits system is to provide a safety net for the common challenges that people face. These challenges can include retiring from work and needing a pension, bringing up small children on a low income, having a disability or long-term health condition that affects the ability to work or being made redundant.

The reform of the social security system that started in 2011 is still ongoing and The Salvation Army takes an interest in the teething problems which are having a negative effect on some people.


The social security system has also become less generous meaning that some people, for example, those facing high housing costs, never seem to get on an even keel.

The social security system affects all the groups of people we serve and we work to ensure that it is a fair, effective and just system that can help everyone.