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Adult Disability Payment

What is Adult Disability Payment?

It’s to help you with extra costs if you live in Scotland and you have a disability that affects your everyday life.

It’s been introduced by Social Security Scotland, which is taking over disability assistance payments from the DWP for people living in Scotland.

It’s replacing Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people living in Scotland aged between 16 years and State Pension age.

How the Scheme works

Can I get Adult Disability Payment?

You can apply now in all of these council areas: Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, East Ayrshire, Fife, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and the Western Isles.

It’ll reach the rest of Scotland from 29 August 2022.


Moving to Adult Disability Payment?

If you live in Scotland and already receive DLA or PIP, Social Security Scotland will move you to Adult Disability Payment. It’ll take over your allowance from the DWP when that happens.

Social Security Scotland started transfers in June 2022. It’ll let you know when you’re being transferred.

The amount you’re being paid will not change while you’re being transferred, you will not have to reapply for your allowance, and you will not be reassessed.


How much can I receive?

Adult Disability Payment is made up of two ‘parts’ – the ‘daily living part’ and the ‘mobility part’. Each is paid at different rates.


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're getting higher rate mobility component of Adult Disability Payment, and you have at least 12 months remaining on your award, you can apply to lease a car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle), scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme.

How the Scheme works

What if I’m newly joining the Scheme?

You can still apply to join the Scheme while you’re being transferred from DWP to Social Security Scotland. You can order your vehicle, but you will not be able to collect your new vehicle until the transfer is complete. This is because the DWP cannot arrange new payments to us while your award is being transferred to Social Security Scotland.

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Not sure if you’re eligible for the Scheme?

You can check right now – just answer a few questions.

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Am I eligible to join the Motability Scheme?

You need at least 12 months remaining on your disability allowance to lease a vehicle through the Scheme.

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How do I apply to the Motability Scheme to lease a vehicle?

If you are eligible for the Scheme, all you need to do is contact your local Motability dealer to make an appointment and arrange test drives.

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What cars are available at nil Advance Payment?

We have a wide range of cars available at nil Advance Payment, and some that take less than the full allowance.

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Can someone else drive for me?

Our worry-free package includes insurance for up to three named drivers – these can be yourself, friends, family or carers. 

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