South Lanarkshire residents can now apply for the Scottish Government’s Adult Disability Payment.
Replacing the UK Government’s Personal Independence Payment, anyone in our area who is aged between 16 and state pension age, is disabled, has a long-term health condition or terminal illness, can apply.
If you are already receiving PIP and Disability Living Allowance you do not need to make an application for Adult Disability Payment as your existing awards will transfer automatically from the DWP to Social Security Scotland. Cases will transfer in stages starting from this summer and is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.
South Lanarkshire Council joins North Lanarkshire Council and Angus Council in this, the second pilot phase of the rollout of the Adult Disability Payment prior to it being introduced across Scotland on 29 August. It was successfully introduced in Perth, Dundee and the Western Isles in March.
Minister for Social Security Ben Macpherson said: “We are taking a positive, responsible and compassionate approach to delivering disability benefits, centred around our principles of dignity, fairness and respect. Adult Disability Payment is the twelfth Scottish benefit to be introduced, and without doubt the most complex.
“People can apply for Adult Disability Payment in the way that suits them best. As well as online and over the phone, local delivery staff can provide pre-application advice and encourage people to take up their entitlements. I encourage those who think they could be eligible to check and apply.
“We would urge people who think that they may need additional support in applying, as well as with re‑determinations and appeals, to consider using VoiceAbility, an independent advocacy service that we are funding.
“Our approach to delivering disability benefits has been designed with people with lived experience of disability benefits, and we are taking a different approach to that of the UK Government. People will be treated with dignity and respect and we will start from a position of trust. There will be no private sector assessors and clients will be given greater choice to help them, including times and locations of meetings, with home visits available.”
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