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Most of the benefits that families in Scotland can claim are UK-wide and claimed from either the Department for Works and Pensions or HMRC. However, some benefits are different in Scotland, and these are run by a new agency called Social Security Scotland.
Over the next few years, Social Security Scotland will take on responsibility for an increasing number of new Scottish benefits. This includes Child Disability Payment, which will start to replace new claims for Disability Living Allowance in Scotland during 2021.
Another new benefit, Adult Disability Payment, will replace Personal Independence Payment, while a new Carer’s Assistance will replace Carer’s Allowance in Scotland.
The Scottish government has negotiated certain changes to the way Universal Credit is paid in Scotland, and new rules were introduced in September 2020 that see young people in Scotland continue to receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) until they turn 18.
Browse the menu on the left-hand side for up-to-date information on these benefits. You can also read about financial support from councils in Scotland.
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