The new payment replaces Disability Living Allowance for children, though those receiving DLA do not need to make a new application.
The Scottish Government have today (22 November 2021) opened the new Child Disability Payment (CDP) for applications from across Scotland (this link will take you away from our website). This follows a successful pilot in the Western Isles, Dundee, and Perth and Kinross.
CDP replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children in Scotland, with payments being made at the same rate. Amongst the differences between CDP and DLA are that recipients retain eligibility until the age of 18. DLA is limited to people under 16, after which they are expected to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The Scottish Government estimate that there are 52,000 DLA cases in Scotland. These will be transferred in phases to CDP by early 2023. People receiving DLA who turn 16 will remain on DLA until they are transferred to CDP. This forms part of the Scottish Government’s intention to deliver a safe and secure transition to devolved payments, ensuring nobody loses their entitlements.
This is the first of three disability payments that the Scottish Government intend to introduce as part of the devolution of social security powers. The Adult Disability Payment (ADP), replacing PIP, is intended for launch in 2022, whilst the Pension-Age Disability Payment is due later in the parliamentary term. All new entitlements will be delivered by Social Security Scotland, rather than the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).