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New rules mean young people in Scotland won’t be asked to claim Personal Independence Payment until they turn 18

Monday 20th July 2020


Under the existing benefit rules, young people who qualify for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are asked to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) shortly after they turn 16. This is the case no matter where in the UK you live.

However, new regulations mean that from the 1 September 2020, young people in Scotland who are on DLA will not be asked to claim PIP until they turn 18. These new rules only apply to those whose 16th birthday falls on or after the 1 September 2020.

These new rules mean young people resident in Scotland who are entitled to DLA immediately prior to their 16th birthday, AND whose 16th birthday falls on or after the 1 September 2020, will not be required to claim PIP at age 16. Instead their DLA award will be extended, and they won't be asked to claim PIP until they turn 18.

What about young people who live elsewhere in the UK?

These new rules only apply to young people in Scotland. Young people elsewhere in the UK will still be expected to claim PIP shortly after they turn 16.

What about young people in Scotland who turn 16 before 1 September?

The new rules in Scotland only apply to those turning 16 on or after 1 September 2020. Young people in Scotland who turn 16 before that date will be invited to claim PIP shortly after their 16th birthday and their DLA awards will end.

What about young disabled people in Scotland who turn 16 on or after 1 September but who aren't already getting DLA?

If a young person in Scotland turns 16 on or after 1 September but isn't getting DLA immediately before their 16th birthday, they won't be able to lodge a claim for DLA after that date.

Instead they will need to claim PIP.

Find out more on our benefits and financial help webpages.