As you will know, Disability benefits are being devolved to Scottish control and will be run by Social Security Scotland. The Adult Disability Payment has now launched in Scotland and this is replacing Personal Independence Payment which has until now been UK wide and run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
This changeover won’t happen immediately across the country, instead, it will be a gradual process with different council areas moving to the new benefit for new claimants at different times.
If you are aged between 16 and state pension age, and are disabled, have a long-term health condition or have a terminal illness, you can make a new claim.
You can check whether you should apply for PIP or Adult Disability payment by checking the list of Adult Disability Payment roll-out dates below.
- 21 March, if you live in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross or the Western Isles;
- 20 June, if you live in Angus, North Lanarkshire or South Lanarkshire;
- 25 July, if you live in Fife, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire or South Ayrshire;
- 29 August, if you live elsewhere in Scotland.
You can find out a bit more here:
If you are already on PIP or DLA
You cannot receive the Adult Disability Payment at the same time as either PIP or DLA.
If you already receive one of these existing benefits you don’t need to do anything. You will automatically be moved over to the new Adult Disability Payment from August in a carefully managed process and importantly, there will be no break in your entitlement.
Social Security Scotland want to avoid the kind of problems that arose for disabled people applying for PIP or DLA in the past and have tried to address issues raised by disabled people about the application process to make it less stressful and more supportive of disabled people.
For more full information about applying read here:
We will also be producing a guide and putting that up on our website soon so watch this space!