Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group


The Scotland Act 2016 devolved new powers over social security to the Scottish Parliament, including the power to make new benefits for disabled people and carers.

The Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group (DACBEAG) was set up in 2017 to provide recommendations and advice to Scottish Ministers, by request and proactively, on the policy and practice options being developed on disability and carers benefits.

These benefits are:

  • Child Disability Payment (replaces Disability Living Allowance for children)
  • Disability Assistance for Working Age People (replaces Personal Independence Payment)
  • Disability Assistance for Older People (replaces Attendance Allowance)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance (will not be changing)
  • Employment Injury Assistance (replaces Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit)
  • Carer’s Assistance (replaces Carer’s Allowance)

As the Group is independent of the Scottish Government, information and documents on these pages are published on behalf of the Group.


  • Dr Jim McCormick, Chair, Associate Director for Scotland, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Tressa Burke, Deputy Chair, Chief Executive, Glasgow Disability Alliance
  • Shaben Begum, Director, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
  • Fiona Collie, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers Scotland
  • Etienne d'Aboville, Chief Executive, Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL)
  • Lucinda Godfrey, Chief Executive Officer, Dundee Carers Centre
  • Sarah Hammond, Manager, East Ayrshire Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Jatin Haria, Executive Director, Coalition for Racial Equality & Rights (CRER)
  • Caroline Lochhead, Public Affairs Manager, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
  • Professor Ewan MacDonald, Honorary Professor of Public Health, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Alan McDevitt, GP in Clydebank
  • Dr Angela O'Hagan, Senior Lecturer in Equalities and Public Policy, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Ed Pybus, Welfare Rights Advisor, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
  • Frank Reilly, Head of MHWB Strategic Partnerships Development and Innovation, Barnardo’s Scotland
  • Bill Scott, Policy Director, Inclusion Scotland
  • Professor Carol Tannahill, Director, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
  • Jo McLaughlin, Assistant Team Manager of Welfare Rights, Action Group
  • Simon Hodge, Solicitor, Castlemilk Law and Money Advice Centre