In Scotland, Adult Disability Payment will replace Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for new claimants in seven councils from 25 July. These councils are Fife, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire. This follows the recent successful launch for residents of Angus, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire at the end of June. Those in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross or the Western Isles can apply for the benefit now and people in other parts of Scotland will be able to apply for payment from August 29.
More than 313,600 existing PIP claimants in Scotland will start transferring to the Disabled Adult Payment this month.
The transfer to the new benefit is expected to be completed by the end of 2025 for the whole country.
The payment support will be managed by Social Security Scotland, which is the equivalent of the Scottish Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The Adult Disability Payment is money to help Britons who have a health condition, mental health issue or disability, which means they need extra support with daily tasks and getting around .
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Daily tasks include such things as preparing, cooking or eating food, managing medications
washing, taking a bath or going to the toilet, dressing and undressing.
They must be disabled for at least three months and expect to be affected for nine months to pass.
Applications must be assessed by Social Security Scotland and applicants must have had their condition or disability for at least three months and expect to be affected for nine months to be successful.
The Disabled Adult Payment has two components, each with a standard rate and an increased rate.
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For the daily living component, the standard rate is £61.85 per week and the premium rate is £92.40.
By comparison, the mobility component of the payment has a standard rate of £24.45 per week and the enhanced rate of £64.50.
If a person qualifies for an enhanced award for the mobility component, they can apply for an accessible vehicle rental.
People can have any combination of rates and the money will be paid to them every four weeks, however, if someone is terminally ill, it will be paid weekly.
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People will not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment if they are already receiving PIP from the DWP, as Social Security Scotland will automatically transfer the benefit for one person.
People will need to be between 16 and the legal retirement age of 66 to apply and people can still apply for the help even if they are awaiting a diagnosis.
Those in Scotland cannot receive the Disabled Adult Payment and the PIP at the same time.
Social Security Scotland has an online tool that can help people find out if they are eligible for Disabled Adult Payment.
The tool will ask a person questions about their age, where they live, if they have any other benefits and if they have any restrictions on their right to live in the UK.
They will not be questioned about their disability or state of health.
People can request support online, over the phone, or in person.
Social Security Scotland has also shared a sample document of the full application for parts one and two online so people can familiarize themselves with the questions they need to answer.
Last month, Scottish Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said: ‘We are taking a positive, responsible and compassionate approach to providing disability benefits, centered on our principles of dignity, fairness and respect.
“People can apply for the Disabled Adult Payment in any way that suits them best.
“As well as being online and over the phone, local delivery staff can provide pre-claim advice and encourage people to exercise their rights. I encourage those who think they might be eligible to check out and apply. »
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