Child disability payments can now be accessed online in Scotland in ‘UK first’
Child disability payments can be applied for online in Scotland from today in a ‘UK first’, the Scottish Government has announced.
The payment system can now be accessed digitally as well as by phone, post or face-to-face.
This is the first of three complex disability benefits to be introduced nationwide by the Scottish Government. This new payment replaces the UK Government’s Disability Living Allowance for children.
Those already receiving Disability Living Allowance for children do not need to apply. These approximately 52,000 current cases are being automatically transferred in phases from the Department for Work and Pensions to Social Security Scotland. This will be completed by spring 2023.
Child Disability Payment, which will be administered by Social Security Scotland, provides families with support for extra costs that a disabled child might have.
The national roll out to all local authority areas follows successful pilots in Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and the Western Isles.
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.”