Carer Benefit Advisory Group


The Carer Benefit Advisory Group was set up in November 2015 to advise Scottish Ministers on developing policy for social security benfits for carers.

The group advises on:

  • the evidence base to support policy decisions
  • carer user and stakeholder engagement
  • fit with the emerging policy landscape
  • interaction with wider Scottish and UK social security benefits

The group meets around every six months, with workshops in between as needed to support policy making.


  • Ellen Searle, Scottish Government (Chair)
  • Fiona Collie, Carers Scotland
  • Paul Traynor, Carers Trust
  • Suzanne Munday, MECOPP
  • Jane Kellock, Social Work Scotland
  • Clare Taylor, CoSLA
  • Roisin Connolly, Highland Carers Centre
  • Louise Morgan, Carers Trust
  • Angela Toal, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Peggy Winford, Scottish Government Carers Branch
  • Catherine Henry, Scottish Government
  • Hazel Stewart, Scottish Government
  • Nicola Davidson, Scottish Government
  • Catriona Kirkpatrick, Engender