Adult Disability Payment from Social Security Scotland

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Published: 19/08/2022

The new Adult Disability Payment (ADP) from Social Security Scotland will be available for people living in Scotland from 29 August.  This payment is a benefit for disabled working-age adults to help with any additional costs associated with a disability or long term medical condition. This payment will replace the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in Scotland.

If you are already on PIP, you will continue to get this until you are moved over to the new benefit.  The DWP and Social Security Scotland will let you know in advance before you are moved from PIP to ADP, and you will not need to reapply.  In most cases, your payment will be the same.

If you are still on the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you will be moved over to ADP depending on your date of birth:

  • If you were born on or after 8 April 1948, you will be contacted by the DWP and Social Security Scotland before you are switched to the new payment  This will happen before the summer of 2025
  • If you were born before 8 April 1948, you will remain on DLA until after summer 2025

If you are terminally ill, there is a fast-track application process.  To get more information on this, please call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.

New Claims

To get Adult Disability Payment, you must have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability, or be terminally ill.  In most cases, you must also be aged between 16 and state pension age and resident in Scotland.

A long-term condition or disability is one that has lasted 13 weeks or more and is expected to last a further 39 weeks or more.

The payment comes in two parts: daily living and mobility, and each have a standard rate and an enhanced rate.  For more information about eligibility and making a claim, visit the Social Security Scotland website, or call them on 0800 182 2222 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday).

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