Child disability payment launches today
For many families, looking after a disabled child involves extra expenses. A child might need a specially designed pushchair or a sensory toy, or parents might have to pay more for things like heating bills, childcare, transport or suitable clothing.
To help meet these extra costs, there is a new benefit called child disability payment. It replaces disability living allowance for children in Scotland. It has opened today for new applications from people living in three pilot areas (Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and Western Isles.)
From today families in these council areas who do not already get disability living allowance can apply. This is followed by a nationwide roll-out in the Autumn. The benefit replaces the UK Government’s disability living allowance for children.
To coincide with the launch of this new benefit, CPAG in Scotland have compiled a number of resources and helpful information for anyone working with families in Scotland;
Free elearning - Child disability payment
In this short course, you will find out how you can help families with disabled children get this important financial support. This course is for anyone who works with families. With all of our elearning courses, you can complete the training at your own pace, at a time and place that suits you online. More information here.
See below for other new elearning courses we have available too.
Information and resources
We have published lots of helpful information regarding the new child disability payment. Find out who can apply, how much can be claiimed and how to apply here.
Online training course: Child disability payment - 14 September, 10 - 1pm
This introductory course gives you a practical insight into the main rules for children and an understanding of how you can demonstrate that a child meets the qualifying criteria. This course also covers how and when people can claim child disability payment and how the roll out will affect children who already get disability living allowance which this benefit is replacing. For information on this brand new course and booking here.
Other elearning courses available
Browse the other free elearning courses we also have available for you to complete;
Scottish benefit appeals - explains how to appeal decisions about Scottish benefits paid by Social Security Scotland
Scottish social security – you will learn what benefits you can already get from Social Security Scotland and what others are coming in the next few years
Scottish child payment - aims to equip staff in frontline agencies with knowledge and skills to help their clients access Scottish child payment so that more people will claim the Scottish child payment they are entitled to