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What is Child Disability Payment?

Child 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. Child Disability Payment will eventually replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children living in Scotland aged 3 months to 18 years old.

Can I get Child Disability Payment?

Social Security Scotland began accepting new applications for Child Disability Payment in the Perth and Kinross, Dundee City and Western Isles council areas on 26 July 2021. Social Security Scotland will then begin accepting new applications for Child Disability Payment in all other Scottish local authorities from 22 November 2021.

Social Security Scotland will begin to transfer children and young people who are already in receipt of DLA to Child Disability Payment later in 2021. Social Security Scotland have said that there will be no need for these children and young people to re-apply or undergo a face-to-face assessment.

What’s the difference between Child Disability Payment and DLA?

Children in Scotland who are awarded Child Disability Payment will remain entitled to this allowance up to the age of 18. This is unlike the rest of the UK, where child DLA stops at 16, and children are then invited to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Following this change in age criteria, children receiving DLA in Scotland currently approaching their 16th birthday will no longer be invited to apply for PIP. They will stay on DLA until Social Security Scotland transfers them on to Child Disability Payment, or they choose to apply for Adult Disability Payment instead (once Social Security Scotland starts delivering this).

Read an update on disability assistance payments in Scotland

How much can I receive?

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

Child Disability Payment rates (as of July 2021)

Care component How much (weekly)
Higher rate £89.60
Middle rate £60.00
Lower rate £23.70
Mobility component How much (weekly)
Higher rate £62.55
Lower rate £23.70

How to claim Child Disability Payment

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

Telephone  
Call: 0800 182 2222
Website  
Go to: mygov.scot/browse/benefitsOpens in new window

Please note however that until 22 November 2021, applications are only being accepted in the Perth and Kinross, Dundee City and Western Isles council areas. If you live outside of these areas, you should contact the Department for Work and Pensions to apply for DLA .

Child 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 Child 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