Disability Assistance will replace PIP, DLA and Attendance Allowance in Scotland.
Between March and May 2019, the Scottish Government asked people for their views on how it can design Disability Assistance. 74 organisations and 263 individuals responded, including the ALLIANCE.
Having considered their views, the Scottish Government has issued a response (this link will take you away from our website) which includes the following key points:
- The Scottish Government will continue to discuss the names of the new entitlements with experts.
- There will be several different ways to make an application, including online.
- People employed to make decisions about eligibility will have the skills and experience to assess people’s daily lives.
- People will have 42 days (6 weeks) to ask for a decision to be redetermined by Social Security Scotland (and Social Security Scotland will have 56 days (8 weeks) to make a redetermination).
- Significant changes will not be made to the existing rules related to breaks in eligibility.
- Disability Assistance for Children and Young People will be available to people up to the age of 18.
- Consultation respondents noted that audio recording, assessments close to a person’s home and no limits on rebooking appointments were desirable ways of undertaking assessments. The Scottish Government has committed to choice and flexibility.
- The Scottish Government will further consider an integrated entitlement for older people in the future.
MSPs will discuss the views expressed in the consultation and the Scottish Government’s response in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 29 October 2019.