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For the first time anywhere in the UK, disability benefit applicants can apply online, as well as by phone, post or face-to-face.
This is the first of three complex disability benefits to be introduced nationwide by the Scottish Government. This new payment replaces the UK Government’s Disability Living Allowance for children.
Those already receiving Disability Living Allowance for children do not need to apply. These approximately 52,000 current cases are being automatically transferred in phases from the Department for Work and Pensions to Social Security Scotland. This will be completed by spring 2023.
Child Disability Payment, which will be administered by Social Security Scotland, provides families with support for extra costs that a disabled child might have.
The national roll out to all local authority areas follows successful pilots in Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and the Western Isles.
Minister for Social Security Ben Macpherson said: ‘I’m really pleased Child Disability Payment is now available to eligible families all over Scotland.
‘This is a significant milestone in the introduction of our new social security system. Families who find themselves in need of support will be able to access this help in a way that suits them best.
‘Those who currently receive Disability Living Allowance for children from the DWP will also be transferred to Social Security Scotland. They will be told when this is happening and will find their payments transferred safely and securely within the next 18 months. Payments will be made at the same rate and there will be no break in entitlement.
‘In the months and years ahead thousands of families will benefit from our simplified and much less stressful system, which will treat everyone with dignity, fairness and respect.’
Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick, a member of the Cross-Party Group on Disability, was ‘delighted that there is now a wider range of options to apply for disability benefits. This process must be both accessible and inclusive.
‘I have helped many friends, constituents and others with the arduous application process for DWP benefits. That this help will be less stressful to access is an encouraging sign of things to come with the Adult Disability Payment.
‘Folk often forget that younger people can be disabled too, so the fact that this is the first of three disability payments that the Scottish Government is implementing will do wonders in challenging that assumption.’
People can find out more and apply through mygov.scot or by calling 0800 182 2222.
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Caption: Highlands MSP Emma Roddick, a member of the Cross-Party Group on Disability, welcomed the child disability payment as ‘an encouraging sign’.