Replacement for DLA in Scotland to be launched on 26 July

Monday 22 February 2021

The new Child Disability Payment in Scotland will start on 26 July 2021, according to recently published guidelines. This new benefit will be replacing new claims for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in Scotland.

The new benefit will be initially piloted in three areas: Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and Western Isles. If you live in one of these areas you will not be able to make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance from 26 July 2021. Instead, you will need to claim the new Child Disability Payment from Social Security Scotland.

Once the pilot is completed in these three areas, the benefit is then expected to be rolled out across the rest of Scotland in Autumn 2021.

Initially the Child Disability Payment is only replacing new claims for Disability Living Allowance. Children in Scotland who are already getting Disability Living Allowance won’t be transferred onto the new Child Disability Payment until later, a process that is expected to happen in stages.

The new benefit is very similar to Disability Living Allowance, with both a care and mobility component. However, it can be paid until the age of 18 rather than 16.

Find out more about the Scottish Child Payment and other benefits in Scotland on our webpage Welfare benefits in Scotland.

Read the new regulations online.