Payments to over 3,000 children and young people across Scotland.
More than £ 3.25 million has been issued in disability payments to children and young people since Child Disability Payment was launched.
It is estimated that per. As of March 31, 2022, a total of 3,050 children and young people have received the payment.
The total number who receive payments includes 555 people who have had their Disability Allowance transferred to children from the National Board of Labor and Pensions.
Figures for July 26, 2021 to March 31, 2022 include an initial pilot period in which child disability payment was only available in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the local authorities on the Western Isles. The benefit opened to people across Scotland in November 2021. Payments began in February to children and young people whose prices have been transferred from DWP.
Nearly three-quarters (74%) of applications were made online, with 16% by telephone.
Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said:
“Social security is a common investment in building a fairer Scotland, and we encourage those who are eligible for support to apply.
“It is excellent to see that orphanages are already making a difference to the lives of thousands of children and young people and their families. Families in need of support can access this help in a way that suits them best. For the first time anywhere in the UK, we have an online application facility to apply for our disability benefits, and the high number of people choosing to use this shows that we have been responsive to the way people want to access social security.
“We are determined to ensure a smooth process for all recipients whose payments move from DWP to Social Security Scotland, and we will continue to transfer cases in a safe and secure manner. It is important that the process is automatic – people do not have to reapply and they will be kept informed at all times. “
Mark Ballard, head of policy for the National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland, said:
“It has been very important to have such positive and productive discussions with Social Security Scotland about our common goal of making the new Child Disability Payment work for deaf children.
“Social Security Scotland has consistently taken our feedback with it, which is based on both the lived experiences of the families we work with and our own specialist knowledge.
“We look forward to continuing to work with them to develop and enhance Scottish benefits for deaf children and their families.”