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Carer Benefit Advisory Group

Role of the 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


  • Ellen Searle, Scottish Government (Chair)
  • Fiona Collie, Carers Scotland
  • Heather Noller, Carers Trust
  • Suzanne Munday, MECOPP
  • Andrew Gillies, Social Work Scotland
  • Kevin Hurst, Falkirk Council
  • Robert MacGregor, CoSLA
  • Beth Hall, CoSLA
  • Roisin Connolly, Highland Carers Centre
  • Louise Morgan, Carers Trust
  • Peggy Winford, Scottish Government Carers Branch
  • Trish Brady-Campbell, Scottish Government
  • Kirsteen MacLeod, Scottish Government
  • Hazel Stewart, Scottish Government
  • Jane Sterry, Scottish Government
  • Nicola Smith, Scottish Government
  • Paul Traynor, Scottish Government (secondee)