March 21, 2022 12:01 AM
The benefit is now available in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Islands.
The new Adult Disability Payment is open to applications from people living in three pilot areas.
People can apply who live in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and Western Isles Council areas, are between the ages of 16 and old age and are disabled, have a long-term health condition or have a terminal illness.
This is the twelfth benefit introduced by the Scottish Government, with seven of these benefits being entirely new forms of support not available elsewhere in the UK.
Adult Disability Payment will be administered through Social Security Scotland and will replace Personal Independence Payment, which is currently provided by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Persons with ongoing allocations of personal independence payments and disability benefits do not have to submit an application for disability benefits for adults. Their prices are automatically transferred to the Scottish Social Security system from this summer.
Additional council areas will be introduced in stages until the Adult Disability Payment is rolled out nationwide on 29 August.
Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said:
“Social security is a human right and none of us knows when we may need it – it is a joint investment to help build a more just society together. We are developing a system rooted in trust. to ensure that people can access the support they are entitled to.
“Launching this first pilot project with disability payments for adults is a significant milestone as we begin to deliver our greatest and most complex benefit. We have a positive and compassionate approach to providing disability assistance, centered around our principles of dignity, justice and respect.
“We know that people have previously found it stressful to apply for disability benefits. Therefore, we have listened to their experiences and designed our service to work for people, not against them. We ensure that access to Adult Handicap Payment is as straightforward as possible, and we will always take a position of trust as our starting point. It is important that no one in the Scottish system will be subject to Department of Work and Pensions style assessments and we will never use the private sector to carry out health surveys. There will be no degrading functional studies, such as asking a client to ‘touch their toes’. These changes have been welcomed by those with lived experience that we have worked with to design this benefit.
“People will only be invited to a consultation in cases where we need more information so we can make a decision. This will be a conversation with a health and social worker to understand how a person’s disability or health condition affects them. .
“We are committed to giving people timely decisions, but our priority is to make the right decisions the first time, and sometimes it can take a little longer. This will reduce the need for people to go through a re-determination or appeal.
“Adult Disability Payment is there to support people to live well and provide security in the most difficult times. I would encourage those who think they might be eligible to check and apply.”
Tracy McNally, Director of the Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau said:
“Helping people with social security benefits, and especially disability benefits, is one of the biggest things we do, and we’re pleased that Dundee is one of the pilot areas for the rollout of disability benefits for adults.
“It is really important that the new system is rooted in dignity and respect for applicants and does not cause unnecessary stress or anxiety.
“We would encourage anyone who may be eligible for the grant to apply, and if anyone ever needs help or advice on social security issues, your local CAB is here for you.”
People can apply for Adult Disability Payment in the way that suits them best – online, by mail, over the phone or face to face. To find out more, visit mygov.scot or call 0800 182 2222.
- For more information on how our benefit will be delivered differently click here.
- Phase 2 of the Adult Disability Payment Pilot Project will take place in Perth and Kinross, Dundee City, Western Isles, Angus, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire from 20 June 2022.
- Phase three of the pilot project for disability payments for adults takes place in Perth and Kinross, Dundee City, Western Isles, Angus, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Fife, City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire from 25. July 2022.
- Individuals currently receiving disability benefits from the Department of Work and Pensions will have their rewards transferred in a carefully managed process to the new Scottish system in stages after the new benefits are introduced.
- Over 300,000 people in Scotland are expected to receive personal independence payments when applications for disability benefits for adults open nationwide. Individuals currently receiving disability benefits from the Department of Work and Pensions will have their rewards transferred in a carefully managed process to the new Scottish system in stages after the new benefits are introduced.
- When making a decision, we only need one supporting information from a professional, such as a social work assessment, medical report or prescription list, when deciding on an application. It is the responsibility of Social Security Scotland to collect information on behalf of the people. We will also take equal account of all sources of information, including from clients’ families, carers and friends.
- We introduce the Indefinite Awards to severely disabled people with needs that are highly unlikely to change. This will help avoid the stress and anxiety associated with reviews while giving people long term financial security. For those who do not receive the Indefinite Awards, we also make changes to the review process in general. In cases where prices are reviewed, any reviews will be easy-touch and will take place less frequently than in the DWP system.
- People will be able to access short-term help while challenging a decision. This will give people the same amount they received before the decision was made to lower or stop their payment. For the sake of clarity, short-term assistance should not be reimbursed. We also fund an independent advocacy firm that will be available to support people throughout the application process, including redress and appeals.
- A new definition of terminal illness has been introduced, which removes the time requirement that a person should reasonably be expected to die within six months, and instead physicians and registered nurses involved in individual care use clinical judgment. We want to make sure that people get the highest rate of payments as soon as possible.