Are there any changes to the benefit system this year?

From April 2017 there are a number of changes being made to the benefits system.
Please note that the information provided below is limited. If you have any concerns regarding benefit changes or you need further information, please contact a specialist benefits adviser. You can search for your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Welfare Rights Service on our Scottish Disability Directory.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Personal Allowances
Under 25 £57.90
25 or over £73.10

Components
Work-related activity £29.05
Support £36.55

New ESA claimants who are placed in the Work-Related Activity Group will receive the same rate of payment as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (ie the personal allowance amount without the additional component) and will be offered extra support to return to work.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Daily Living Component
Enhanced £83.10
Standard £55.65

Mobility Component
Enhanced £58.00
Standard £22.00

From 16th of March 2017, the PIP Activities for Managing therapy or Monitoring a health condition and Planning and following a journey are being amended.

Planning and following journeys Activity 1
a Can plan and follow the route of a journey unaided. Score 0
b Needs prompting to be able to undertake any journey to avoid overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant. Score 4
c For reasons other than psychological distress, cannot plan the route of a journey. Score 8
d For reasons other than psychological distress, cannot follow the route of an
unfamiliar journey without another person, assistance dog or orientation aid. Score 10
e Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming
psychological distress to the claimant. Score 10
f For reasons other than psychological distress, cannot follow the route of a
familiar journey without another person, an assistance dog or an orientation
aid. Score 12

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Care Component
Highest £83.10
Middle £56.65
Lowest £22.00

Mobility Component
Higher £58.00
Lower £22.00

The Benefit Cap

The Benefit Cap won’t apply if either you or your partner get any of the following benefits:
Disability Living Allowance
Personal Independence Payment
Armed Forces Independence Payment
Attendance Allowance
The support component of Employment and Support Allowance
Industrial Injuries Benefit and equivalent payments as part of a war disablement pension or armed forces compensation scheme.
War Widow’s or Widower’s Pension
Carer’s Allowance
Guardian’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance

£62.10
Earnings Rule £116.00

Attendance Allowance

Higher rate £83.10
Lower rate £55.65