Child Disability Payment is the benefit paid by Social Security Scotland to help with the extra costs that are involved in caring for a disabled child. This is a benefit that is specific to Scotland and has replaced Child Disability Living Allowance in…
Child Disability Payment
Who can receive Child Disability Payment
If you are the parent or guardian of a disabled child between three months old and 16 years old and you live in Scotland then you can apply for Child Disability Payment. This benefit has two main parts
- a care component and
- a mobility component.
We will explain these two parts below; they have different age rules.
- a child is eligible for the care component from three months old
- a child may be eligible for the higher rate of mobility component from three years old
- a child with less severe mobility problems may qualify for the lower rate of mobility from five years old
- your child must be under 16 to apply for Child Disability Payment but can choose to continue to receive it until they are 18
- there are special rules for terminally ill children where Child Disability Benefit can be awarded from birth.
At 16 a child can choose to apply for Adult Disability Payment instead of Child Disability Payment. They should get advice about which benefit they are best to claim between 16 and 18.
How to apply for Child Disability Payment
There are two possible ways to apply for Child Disability Payment.
You can apply by calling Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.
They will ask you some questions to get your application started and then send you a form to complete for the second part of your application. You will be given a 6 week deadline to complete the second form; let Social Security Scotland know if you cannot send it by the deadline.
You can begin an application for Child Disability Payment online here
If you do not already have a Scottish Government myaccount myaccount – mygov.scot you will need to set one up.
If you phone, your claim is backdated to the date that you made the first phone call. If you apply online, your claim will start when the first form is completed.
What help can I get to apply?
Social Security Scotland advisors can give you information about the application process over the phone or in Webchat.
The phone number to contact them is 0800 182 2222
Or you can use the Webchat link to chat online.
You can also contact them by post at
Social Security Scotland
PO Box 10301
You can get help to make your claim from Social Security Scotland’s local delivery service. A Social Security Scotland adviser can visit you at home or nearby and help you complete the application; they will give you information about the process and tell you what kind of supporting information you need to provide. You can find out more details about the local delivery service here:
You can also get free help from Voiceability VoiceAbility | Support to access benefits in Scotland if you are disabled and want advocacy support to help you through the claims (and appeals) process. You can contact Voiceability directly or ask for their help through Social Security Scotland.
Other help with your application
A benefits advisor could help you to complete the application form and make sure you are applying for everything you are entitled to. You may be able to find a benefits adviser at:
- a council or housing association welfare benefits service
- your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau
- an adviser at a carer’s centre or GP practice
There are other local organisations in your area; call us on 0300 323 9961 to find out what help is available
How much is Child Disability Payment?
There are various possible components to Child Disability Payment and what you get in payments will depend on your child’s disability.
The care component
There are three possible weekly rates for the care component:
Lowest is £26.90 (2023/2024) and £28.70 (2024/2025)
Middle is £68.10 (2023/2024) and £72.65 (2024/2025)
Highest is £101.75 (2023/2024) and £108.55 (2024/2025)
The mobility component
There are just two weekly rates for the mobility component.
Lower is £26.90 (2023/2024) and £28.70 (2024/2025)
Higher is £71.00 (2023/2024) and £75.75 (2024/2025)
If you want to find out more about these rates and when your child may be eligible, you can find information on the Citizens Advice Scotland website here Child Disability Payment – Citizens Advice Scotland or on the Scottish Government website here Child Disability Payment – mygov.scot
Social Security Scotland will need information and evidence about your child’s disability. You can either supply this with your claim or give permission for Social Security Scotland to seek this evidence from medical and other professionals who support your child. If you can supply supporting evidence yourself it can help the process and make it a bit quicker.
What can I use as supporting evidence?
- a statement from a medical professional such as a GP, nurse, or occupational therapist, teacher, care worker or other professional who knows your child
- documents you already have such as medical letters or educational reports that mention the issues your child faces and repeat prescriptions
- a statement from someone who has witnessed the affect of your child’s disabilities
- a daily diary of the care and support your child needs and how often they need help
You can send supporting evidence with the second part of your application or as soon as you can afterwards. If Social security Scotland gives you a deadline for something and you won’t manage to meet it, let them know as they can be flexible with deadlines if you have a good reason for delay.
They should contact you in the way you said would suit you – this may be phone, text, email or letter. Try to answer their questions promptly to avoid any delays with your claim.
Information last updated on 12 February 2024. Please note that information may be subject to change. All information is provided in good faith but Disability Information Scotland does not endorse any product or service referred to within this resource.
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Children & Young People, Money, Benefits & Grants:Frequently Asked Questions
Through our helpline we receive enquiries spanning a wide range of different topics. Here is a selection of those most asked:
Can I get a reduction of Vehicle Excise Duty?
If you are disabled you may be entitled to a reduction or exemption on vehicle tax if you meet the government criteria. The vehicle must be registered in your name or a named driver’s name and must only be used for your personal needs.
You can apply for exemption if you get the:
- higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- enhanced rate mobility component of Adult Disability Payment – mygov.scot
- War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
You can get a 50% reduction in vehicle tax if you get the Personal Independence Payment standard rate mobility component or Adult Disability Payment standard rate mobility component Adult Disability Payment – mygov.scot
Am I entitled to benefits?
A benefits check is a calculation that will give you an idea of what you might be entitled to. You can get a check at your local welfare rights project, local Council Money Advice , Citizens Advice Bureau. or a charity like Age Scotland. Age Scotland has a guide to what to expect M 15 ben check 2023.indd (ageuk.org.uk) and an online benefit calculator.
You can also use the Turn2us benefit calculator online.
What help is there with energy costs?
Energy costs used to be a worry in winter but now bills can be a challenge all year round.
The good news is there are different grants and schemes available to help people improve the heating in their homes and keep heating costs down. Check out our Help to heat your home guide for more information.
Home Energy Scotland is a free energy advice service funded by the Scottish Government to help people save money and keep their homes warmer. They offer simple energy saving tips, know about funding schemes and can arrange benefits checks to help people access help.
Am I eligible for VAT relief on disability equipment?
In general, disabled people do not have to pay VAT on goods and services that are designed or adapted solely for use by disabled people. These goods and services are often called zero-rated or eligible for VAT relief.
Most suppliers will know if their product has been specifically designed to help disabled people. They will offer their products free of VAT as you buy them.
You’ll need to confirm in writing that you meet the conditions for zero rating. Your supplier may give you a form for this.
Most suppliers will use the Notice 701/7 VAT relief for disabled people form.
For further information see our VAT Exemption for Disabled Goods Information Guide or call our helpline on 0300 323 9961.
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