Scotland’s new Child Disability Payment opened for applications this week, with the new benefit being described as a “significant milestone” for Scotland’s new social security system.
For the first time in the UK, applicants for disability benefits can apply online as well as via phone, post, or in person.
This is the first of three complicated disability payments that the Scottish Government will establish on a national scale and replaces the Children’s Disability Living Allowance provided by the UK government.
Individuals who currently receive Disability Living Allowance for children are not required to apply.
Around 52,000 existing cases are being moved automatically from the Department for Work and Pensions to Social Security Scotland in stages. This project is scheduled to be finished in spring 2023.
Child Disability Payment, which will be managed by Social Security Scotland, assists families with the additional expenditures associated with having a handicapped child.
Following successful tests in Dundee City, Perth & Kinross, and the Western Isles, the nationwide rollout to all local authority areas has begun.
Minister for Social Security Ben Macpherson said: “I’m really pleased that 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.
“Social security is a shared investment in building a fairer Scotland and we encourage those who are eligible for support to apply.”