BENEFIT REPLACES DWP PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT (PIP) WITH A MORE FAIR AND COMPASSIONATE APPROACH
Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed the roll-out today (Monday, August 29) of Social Security Scotland's new Adult Disability Payment which replaces the UK Government’s Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The benefit is now open for new applications across Scotland.
Ms Mackay said: "The Scottish Government are taking a positive, responsible and compassionate approach to delivering disability benefits, centred around our principles of dignity, fairness and respect."
You can apply if you are between 16 years old and state pension age, need help with the extra costs of being disabled or having a long term health condition.
Ms Mackay added: "This is the twelfth and most complex benefit to be delivered by the Scottish Government and there will be no DWP-style assessments or degrading functional examinations as part of the application process."
New claimants will only be invited to a consultation on occasions when more information is required in order to make a decision.
Ben Macpherson, Minister for Social Security and Local Government added: "This consultation will be a conversation with an in-house health or social care professional to understand how a person's disability or health condition impacts them."
To find out more, visit https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/news-events/news/adult-disability-payment-opens-for-applications-nationwide?fbclid=IwAR2UrIom0o_nkfloq3sFnlnmu3gf0tkHUoIARrTRZDxZZopyRaROVMoV6vM