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What is Adult Disability Payment?

Adult Disability Payment has been introduced by Social Security Scotland, who are taking over responsibility for disability assistance payments from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for people living in Scotland. Adult Disability Payment will eventually replace Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people living in Scotland aged between 16 years and State Pension age.

Can I get Adult Disability Payment?

Social Security Scotland began accepting new applications for Adult Disability Payment on 21 March 2022 in the Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and Western Isles council areas.

The allowance will be rolled out gradually across the rest of Scotland, with the Angus, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire council areas to follow from 20 June 2022.

The allowance will then be made available in the Fife, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Moray, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire areas council areas from 25 July 2022, before opening up to the remaining areas of Scotland from 29 August 2022.

Transferring to Adult Disability Payment

If you live in Scotland and already receive DLA or PIP, you will eventually be moved on to Adult Disability Payment by Social Security Scotland and they will take over the administration of your allowance from the DWP.

Transfers are expected to begin later in 2022 and Social Security Scotland will contact you to let you know when you are being transferred.

The Scottish Government have said that during the transfer period there will be no changes in the amount that is paid, no-one will have to reapply for their allowance, and no one will be reassessed.

How much can I receive?

Adult Disability Payment is made up of two parts called ‘components’ - the ‘daily living component’ and the ‘mobility component’. Each component is paid at different rates.

Adult Disability Payment rates (as of April 2022)

Daily living component How much (weekly)
Enhanced rate £92.40
Standard rate £61.85
Mobility component How much (weekly)
Enhanced rate £64.50
Standard rate £24.45

How to claim Adult Disability Payment

You can make a new claim for Adult Disability Payment by contacting Social Security Scotland directly:

Call: 0800 182 2222
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Please note that Adult Disability Payment is being introduced gradually across Scotland until 29 August 2022. If you live in area where Adult Disability Payment is not yet available, you should contact the Department for Work and Pensions to apply for PIP.

Adult Disability Payment and the Motability Scheme

In Scotland the Motability Scheme works through the Government’s Accessible Vehicles and Equipment scheme. So if you are in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Adult Disability Payment, and have at least 12 months remaining on your award, you can apply to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) through the Motability Scheme.

Find out how the Scheme works