Pilot areas for introduction of new Child Disability Payment in Scotland announced
Wednesday 9th December 2020
The Scottish government has announced that the new Child Disability Payment is to be piloted in the following three areas: Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and Western Isles. This pilot will start in the Summer of 2021.
The Child Disability Payment is replacing new claims for Disability Living Allowance in Scotland. Once the pilot is completed, the benefit is 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 and this will 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.
The Scottish Government also announced that from next Autumn it will also be rolling out a new local delivery service offering advice and information in local areas on all the devolved benefits dealt with by Social Security Scotland.
Find out more on our webpage Welfare benefits in Scotland.