Disability benefits

Date: 
15 March 2022

Personal independence payment, disability living allowance and attendance allowance are transferring to the Scottish Government. If you are already on one of these benefits you'll continue to get it but if you live in Scotland it will be paid by Social Security Scotland, the agency delivering Scottish benefits. The Scottish Government plans to make changes to how these benefits operate as it develops the new disability benefits.

Disability living allowance for children is the first of these benefits to transfer, followed by personal independence payment and then attendance allowance. The new Scottish benefit replacing disability living allowance for children is called child disability payment. Social Security Scotland started taking applications for child disability payment from 26 July 2021 in a pilot area (Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles) and from 22 November 2021 it was rolled out across Scotland.

Read more from CPAG in Scotland on child disability payment.

Personal independence payment will be replaced by a benefit called adult disability payment. Applications will be possible from 21 March 2022 in Perth and Kinross, City of Dundee and the Western Isles. From 20 June 2022, this will be rolled out to Angus, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire and from 25 July 2022 to Fife, City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire. From 29 August 2022 applications for adult disability payment will be possible across the whole of Scotland.

Read more from CPAG in Scotland on adult disability payment.

Attendance allowance will be replaced by a benefit called pension age disability payment, with no dates announced yet for when applications for this will start. 

What you'll get

If you get personal independence payment, disability living allowance or attendance allowance at the point they become Scottish benefits, you'll see no change to the amount of your benefit.

How you'll apply and be assessed

Now, you claim personal independence payment and attendance allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions. When they become Scottish benefits, you'll apply to Social Security Scotland. 

Under Social Security Scotland, assessments won't be done by private companies. The Scottish Government plans to have fewer face-to-face assessments and longer awards. You could be asked to attend an assessment but you'll be told why that's the only practical way to get the information needed.

How you'll be paid

Now, your disability benefit is paid by the Department for Work and Pensions into your bank account, building society or credit union account.  When it becomes a Scottish benefit, it will be paid by Social Security Scotland.