Updates for Families on Benefits
Child Disability Payment
Starting last month, the Child Disability Payment (CDP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children living in Scotland. If a child already gets DLA you cannot claim CDP for them, and they will remain on DLA until they are transferred to CDP. They will be transferred without having to make a new claim.
Like DLA, CDP is a benefit for children who have extra care or supervision needs and/or mobility problems because of a disability or long-term health condition. This might be a physical or mental disability or health condition.
The CDP has two components – the care component and mobility component – and a child can be entitled to one or both of these. The care component has three possible levels (lowest, middle and highest) and the mobility component has two possible levels (lower and higher).
Scottish Child Payment - bridging payments
The Scottish Child Payment is currently only available to children under 6 in lower income families, but will be extended to children under 16 by the end of 2022. The Scottish Government has announced four bridging payments of £130 to be made at the start of the school holidays in Easter, Summer, October and Christmas 2022. These payments bring together the Covid Winter Hardship Payments and Family Pandemic Payments made over the past year, and will be made automatically by local authorities to families of children entitled to free school meals due to low income.
Claims for benefits administered by Social Security Scotland can be made by calling 0800 182 2222 or online at my.gov.scot.
Low income households with children who are entitled to free school meals are eligible for the Family Pandemic Payment of £100 for each child, payable in January 2022. This is administered by East Lothian Council.