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Adult Disability Payment

Older person and a carer

Adult Disability Payment

Extra money to help you if you have a disability or health condition.

Adult Disability Payment is a new payment from Social Security Scotland to help with the extra cost of living with a disability or health condition.

It is replacing Personal Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance for people who:
• live in Scotland
• are over 16 and under State Pension age (currently 66 for men and women)
• have difficulty or need help with daily living activities or getting around because of a health condition or disability
• have had the difficulties for at least 3 months, and expect them to continue for at least another 9 months
• have been present in Great Britain for at least 26 of the last 52 weeks

If you begin claiming Adult Disability Payment before you reach State Pension age, it can continue after age 66 if you continue to be eligible. 

This is a new payment, which is currently being piloted in certain areas of the country. To find out if you can make a claim in your area yet, visit the Scottish Government website. From 29 August 2022, people in all areas of Scotland will be able to make new claims. 

If you are currently receiving Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance, you will be transferred over to Adult Disability Payment in the next couple of years. You will get a letter telling you when your transfer is about to happen. You won't need to fill in a new application form, and your payments will continue as usual.

Want more information about the Adult Disability Payment?

Download and read our free guide today

You don’t need to have a diagnosis to claim Adult Disability Payment. It can be claimed for physical and mental health conditions.

Adult Disability Payment isn’t means-tested, so you don’t have to answer lots of questions about your income and savings. It doesn’t matter if you are employed, self-employed or not currently working. It isn’t taxable and won’t reduce any other benefits you receive.

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You can download our guides using the links on this page. To request copies, which will be posted out to you for free, you can use our online publications order form or call the Age Scotland Helpline (0800 12 44 222 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm).

The Age Scotland Helpline

Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

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