Advice informing policy positions in Social Security Position Papers: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested


You asked for “the advice notes that the Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group (DACBEAG) supplied to the Government which it has used to inform it policy positions in the Social Security Position Papers and the Social Security: A Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland”. You have specifically asked for the advice notes used to inform the following policy areas:
 automatic entitlement of Disability Assistance
 duration of Disability Awards
 the evidence base for policy decisions
 suitably qualified assessors, Case Managers and relevant training
You also indicated that if there are other advice notes which fall within the scope of this request, these should also be supplied.




The information for each of the advice notes you have requested can be found below:
Duration of Disability Awards

Suitably qualified assessors, Case Managers and relevant training
Automatic entitlement of Disability Assistance
Please see PDF attachment. To note, this document includes information redacted under section 29(1)(a) of FOISA: Formulation or development of Scottish Government policy. The redactions relate to the DACBEAG’s provisional advice on sources of evidence used to make decisions about entitlement to Disability Assistance. The Scottish Government intends to publish this information after all DACBEAG recommendations on this subject have been made and the policy finalised.

The evidence base for policy decisions.
This information is not held.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.


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