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Ill Health and Disability Benefits Stakeholder Reference Group

Role of the group

The Ill-Health and Disability Benefits Stakeholder Group was set up in March 2016 to inform the development of policies in relation to Ill Health and Disability Benefits.

The group advises on:

  • the evidence base for policy decisions
  • potential impact of policy decisions
  • user and stakeholder engagement
  • fit with the wider public sector landscape
  • interaction with wider Scottish and UK social security benefits

The group meets every two to three months.


  • Claire McDermott, Chair, Scottish Government
  • Annie Gunnar Logan, Coalition of Care and Support Providers Scotland
  • Kate Burton, NHS Income and Welfare Reform
  • Donna Burnett, NHS Public Health Practitioner
  • Dr Neil MacRitchie, British Medical Association
  • Ed Pybus, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Gill Young, Castle Rock Edinvar
  • Graham Watt, University of Glasgow
  • Robert McGregor, CoSLA
  • Garrick Smyth, COSLA
  • Richard Gass, Rights Advice Scotland
  • Yvette Burgess, Coalition of Care and Support Providers Scotland
  • Michael McMahon, Disability Agenda Scotland
  • Dr Mini Mishra, Scottish Government
  • Emelia Crichton, Director of Public Health
  • Jim Hume, National Rural Mental Health Forum
  • Bill Scott, Inclusion Scotland
  • Gerard McFeely, Occupational Therapy, NHS Lothian
  • Rob Gowans, Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Jim Carle, Disabled Children and Young People Advisory Group
  • Dean Pemberton, Scottish Government
  • Thomas Grant, Scottish Government