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DLA extended to age 18 and help with heating costs in Scotland

Tuesday 1st September 2020


From today, children in Scotland will not be expected to move onto Personal Independence Payment after they turn 16.

Instead, so long as they continue to meet the normal qualifying rules, someone in Scotland who turns 16 on or after 1 September 2020 should have their DLA award extended until they turn 18.

Listen to our benefits expert Derek Sinclair explain what these rules mean in our new podcast.

From 1 September 2020, children in Scotland will not be expected to move from Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) until age 18. Listen to our benefits expert Derek Sinclair explain what these new rules mean for families.

You can also find out more information about these changes to the DLA rules, as well as details about benefits and other financial support for families in Scotland, on our new webpages on welfare benefits in Scotland and financial support from councils in Scotland.

Parents in Scotland seeking detailed advice about welfare benefits, regardless of whether provided by the DWP, HMRC or Social Security Scotland can also get advice from our free helpline on 0808 808 3555. The Helpline is open Monday-Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.

Extra £200 for heating costs for those on high rate care DLA

The Scottish Government has confirmed that families with children in receipt of the highest rate care of DLA Child will receive an extra £200 to help with their heating costs.

These payments will be made automatically to eligible families through Social Security Scotland.

This benefit is on track to be delivered this winter. Find out more at gov.scot