The purpose of this report is to summarise the main findings from a review undertaken by Scottish Government analysts of the Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group (hereafter DACBEAG or simply 'the Group').
Scottish Government analysts have been tasked to undertake the review by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People with an additional steer not to assess whether the remit was correct but to assess whether the Group was fulfilling it effectively, and to discuss membership in relation to the effectiveness of the Group in fulfilling its remit.
The report includes implications and recommendations stemming from the findings of this review. Most of these implications were identified by the researcher based on the analysis of collected data but some were explicitly raised by members and government officials.
This review is a snapshot and there has been a trajectory of development within the Group and in its relationship with officials.