People living in Angus, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire can now apply for a new Disability Allowance as part of the second phase of a planned rollout of the new devolved benefit by the Scottish Government.
The Adult Disability Payment will be administered by Social Security Scotland and will replace the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), issued by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It aims to provide financial support to people aged 16 to retirement age, who are disabled, have a long-term health condition or a terminal illness.
Existing claimants of PIP and Disability Living Allowance (adults) do not need to apply for the new benefit as transfers of cases from DWP to Social Security Scotland will be made automatically by the end of 2025 .
Commenting on the latest launch of the new benefit, Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said: “We are taking a positive, responsible and compassionate approach to providing disability benefits, centered on our principles of dignity, fairness and respect.
“Adult Disability Payment is the twelfth Scottish benefit to be introduced, and arguably the most complex.
“People can apply for the Disabled Adult Payment in any way that suits them best. In addition to online and telephone services, local delivery staff can provide pre-claim advice and encourage people to claim their rights. I encourage those who think they might be eligible to check out and apply.
He also urged people who think they need extra support with applying, as well as with reviews and appeals, to consider using VoiceAbility, an independent advocacy service, funded by the Scottish Government.
Mr Macpherson continued: “Our approach to the delivery of disability benefits has been designed with people with lived experience of disability benefits and we take a different approach to that of the UK government.
“People will be treated with dignity and respect, and we will start from a position of trust. There will be no private sector assessors and clients will have more choices to help them, including meeting times and locations, with home visits available.
Lorraine Van Beuge, Project Manager at the North Lanarkshire Disability Forum (NLDF), said: “NLDF are delighted to be involved in the launch of the Adult Disability Payment in North Lanarkshire, we have encouraged our members to take part in the consultations l “last year and we are heartened to see that some of the issues raised have been addressed and implemented. We welcome the positive changes this decentralized benefit can bring to our members.”
Below is an overview of the new benefit, including who can apply, how to apply and how much you could receive.
What is the Disabled Adult Payment?
Adult Disability Payment is extra money to help you if you have a long-term disability or health condition that affects your daily life.
Similar to the PIP, it is made up of two parts – Daily Life and Mobility. You may be eligible for one or both parts and the amount you receive depends on how your condition affects your ability to carry out daily activities and move around.
It does not matter whether you are working or not and your income and savings are not taken into account.
Daily life part
You may be eligible for the daily living portion if you need help with:
- prepare food
- feed (eat and drink)
- manage a therapy or monitor a health condition
- wash and bath
- managing toileting needs or incontinence
- dressing and undressing
- communicate verbally
- read and understand signs, symbols and words
- engage socially with other people face to face
- make budget decisions
If you benefit from the Daily Life part, you will be paid:
- Standard rate – £61.85 per week
- Improved rate – £92.40 per week
If you are terminally ill, you will automatically receive the Enhanced Daily Living Allowance.
You can benefit from the mobility part if you need help planning and following a trip, or getting around.
If you benefit from the mobility part, you will be paid:
- Standard rate – £24.45 per week
- Improved rate – £64.50 per week
If you get an enhanced award for the mobility portion, you can apply for an accessible vehicle rental – learn more here.
How will the disabled adult payment be paid?
It is usually paid every four weeks, unless you are terminally ill, in which case it is paid weekly.
It will be paid directly into your bank account, building society or credit union.
Whether you get one or both and how much depends on the severity of your condition affecting you.
Who can apply for Disabled Adult Payment?
You do not need to apply for Disabled Adult Payment if you are already receiving a PIP or DLA from the DWP.
Social Security Scotland will transfer your benefit to the adult disability payment without you having to do anything. To find out more about transferring your benefits to Social Security Scotland, click here.
You can apply for a disabled adult payment if you have either:
- long-term physical or mental health problem or disability
- terminal illness
You can still apply if you are awaiting a diagnosis.
You must be between 16 and the legal retirement age (66).
You cannot get the PIP and the Disabled Adult Payment at the same time.
When can you apply?
Payment applications for adults with disabilities will be open in the coming months.
You can apply on or after:
- Now : if you live in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross or the Western Isles
- Now: if you live in Angus, North Lanarkshire or South Lanarkshire
- July 25 : if you live in Fife, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire or South Ayrshire
- August 29: if you live elsewhere in Scotland
Check online if you qualify for the Disabled Adult Payment
You can apply for the Disabled Adult Payment if you have a long-term disability or health condition that affects your daily life.
You can also check if you meet the other requirements to qualify for the Disabled Adult Payment before you start an application.
The simple online tool asks questions about:
- where you live
- any restrictions on your right to live in the UK
- if you have other benefits
- your age
You will not be asked questions about your disability or your state of health.
If you are not eligible for the Disabled Adult Payment, the Social Security Scotland tool will tell you what other benefits you may be eligible for.
Check if you qualify for the Disabled Adult Payment here.
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