What is Adult Disability Payment?

Adult Disability Payment is a payment that gives you extra money if you have a disability or long-term condition that affects your everyday life. It is a benefit specific to residents in Scotland and is an equivalent to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

It a new benefit that has been introduced by Social Security Scotland who are taking over managing disability assistance payments from the Department of Work and Pensions for people who live in Scotland. They have begun transferring some people who already receive PIP or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Adult Disability Payment and they will let you know when this is happening to you.

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Who Can Apply for Adult Disability Payment?

You are able to apply for Adult Disability Payment benefits if you either:

  • have a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition
  • you are terminally ill

You are able to make an application if you are still awaiting a diagnosis and you must be over 16 but not yet have reached state pension age.

If you already receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults from the Department for Work and Pensions you do not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment. However, if you are not sure if you are eligible for disability benefit or not, you can check on the mygov website before starting an application.

If you receive the Child Disability Payment, which replaces Disability Living Allowance, you can decide to apply Adult Disability Payment up until your 18th birthday which will ensure that you don't have a break in payments.

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How to Claim Adult Disability Payment

Your Adult Disability Payment application is done in two different parts and can use the apply online or phone and paper. If you are applying for someone who is terminally ill then there is only one part to complete in order to speed up the process.

When you apply online you will have to start the application and submit part 1 within 14 days (2 weeks) and then submit part 2 within 56 days (8 weeks). If you require more time you are able to request it.

When you apply on the phone and on paper you'll complete part 1 over the phone and they will then send you a paper form and return envelope for part 2. You have 8 weeks to return this form and again you an request more time for this if you require it.

If you have any issues when trying to fill out your application form, you can contact Social Security Scotland.