Disability Living Allowance changes taking place in Scotland: how to apply for new payment

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In England, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which goes towards paying the costs arising from having a long-term illness. Administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), DLA similarly helped pay for the living costs for people with disabilities. However in Scotland, an entirely new benefit payment for disabled children is set to be rolled out fully across the country.

Child Disability Payment gives extra money to help parents with the costs of caring for a child or young person with a disability or terminal illness.

Applications for this new benefit payment are set to open across Scotland from November 22, 2021.

Similar to PIP, Child Disability Payment is made up of two separate parts: a care component and mobility component.

Unlike other benefit payments which are handled by the DWP, this payment will be administered by Social Security Scotland.

Earlier this year, a pilot scheme for Child Disability Payment was launched in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and Western Isles.

Around 90 percent of all applicants applied online for the scheme within the first five weeks of its launch.

Those who are currently receiving Child Disability Payment do not need to reapply once the benefit payment is fully rolled out across Scotland.


Each component has three different rates which are given out depending on the impact of the child’s disability: lowest, medium and highest.

The lowest rate is £23.70 and paid weekly if the child needs attention from someone, for a significant part of the day or unable to prepare a cooked main meal for themselves despite them being over 16 years old, due to a mental disability.

Child Disability Payment’s medium weekly rate is £60 and is given out if the child needs frequent attention every day or continuous supervision.

The highest rate is a weekly payment of £89.60 and is claimed if a parent’s child needs everyday attention and is terminally ill.

Ahead of the scheme’s full launch, Ben Macpherson, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Social Security, outlined why Child Disability Payment and its success so far.

Mr Macpherson said: “It is very encouraging to see a high percentage of applications being made online.

“Our Experience Panels told us of the challenges families can typically experience in accessing benefits.

“By listening to families and stakeholders, we knew from an early stage in designing Child Disability Payment that having an easily accessible online option would be highly valued by families.

“I am pleased to see there have already been a number of successful applications approved for payment in a very short period of time.

“Many more families will soon benefit from the approach taken by Social Security Scotland as Child Disability Payment is rolled out nationally.”

Anyone interested in applying for the benefit payment are encouraged to contact Social Security Scotland as soon as possible, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Applicants can apply online via the Scottish Government website at mygov.scot or by calling 0800 182 2222.

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