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Child Disability Payment

What is Child Disability Payment?

It’s to help children who live in Scotland and have a disability that affects their everyday life with extra costs. It’s replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children aged three months to 18 years old.

If you receive the higher rate mobility component of Child Disability Payment and have at least 12 months left, you’re eligible to apply for the Motability Scheme.

How the Scheme works

Can I get Child Disability Payment?

Social Security Scotland began accepting new applications for Child Disability Payment across all of Scotland from 22 November 2021.

It’s also started to transfer children and young people who are already in receipt of DLA to Child Disability Payment, and this will continue until spring 2023.

You will not need to re-apply or have a new, face-to-face assessment.

Moving from DLA to CDP?

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

Children in Scotland who are awarded Child Disability Payment can keep this allowance up to the age of 18.

This is different to the rest of the UK, where child DLA stops at 16, then children can apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Children receiving DLA in Scotland who are coming up to their 16th birthday will stay on DLA until Social Security Scotland transfers them on to Child Disability Payment, or they can apply for Adult Disability Payment.

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How much can I receive?

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

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'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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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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