Disability Living Allowance replaced with brand new benefit payment – are you eligible?

Specifically, DLA for children is being swapped with the new Child Disability Payment which will go towards similar cost. Through Social Security Scotland, Child Disability Payment will help finance the additional care and mobility expenses young people with a disability may have, until they turn 18 years of age. A similar Adult Disability Payment is in the midst of being rolled out across the country which will help adults with long-term conditions.

Unlike other benefits in the UK, the Child Disability Payment will not be administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), but will instead be managed by the Scottish Government’s social security body.

This latest payment is the latest benefit initiative set up by the devolved Government as more social security powers get shared among the UK’s four nations.

As of November 2021, around 52,000 Disability Living Allowance cases were being automatically transferred in phases from the DWP to Social Security Scotland.

According to the Scottish Government, this process will be fully completed by spring 2023 with each case being handled with care.

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Prior to the full rollout of the scheme late last year, Child Disability Payment was trialled in Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and the Western Isles.

The benefit scheme is tax-free and made up of a care and mobility component, respectively. One payment goes towards living expenses, while the other goes towards travel costs.

Any child who is three months old or over can be eligible for the care component, while anyone three years old or over may be eligible for the mobility component.

In the situation where a child is terminally ill, claimants can qualify for the care component from birth and get the mobility payment if they are three or older.

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The care component has lower, middle and higher payment rates, which are awarded depending on the claimant’s condition.

Child Disability Payments lower rate is £23.70 per week, while the middle rate comes to £60 for the same period of time.

The higher payment rate is £89.60 and is given if the child needs frequent attention from someone during the day, requires dialysis treatment or is dying.

In comparison, the mobility component only has a lower or higher payment rate for claimants. The lower rate is a weekly payment of £23.70, while the higher rate is a payment of £62.55.

Mairi Simpson, a family support worker for Parent to Parent, has assisted parents in Perth and Kinross with completing the Child Disability Payment form.

On the reaction from claimants, Ms Simpson said: “The feedback from parents has been extremely positive.

“Parents felt the forms were easier than they had envisioned and when they spoke to someone on the phone, calls were pleasant and helpful.

“The form did not feel as negative and it felt easier to get parents to put into their own words what they have to do.

“It did not take as long to complete the forms and it helped not having to put the exact time or minutes it takes to complete a care task, as this can vary significantly.

“A little bit of understanding about living with a disabled child and the reason behind having to apply for disability payment makes parents feel they are doing the right thing for their child.”

Shona Robison, the Scottish Government’s Social Justice Secretary said: “We have developed Child Disability Payment with families involved throughout the entire process, so that we ensure their needs and expectations are at the centre of everything we do.

“We have learned from the challenges families typically experience in the UK service and have developed a simplified, less time consuming and much less stressful system that treats everyone with dignity, fairness and respect.”

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