Social Security timeline announced

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 28th February 2019

Social Security Scotland will deliver new claims for all disability and carers assistance by the end of 2021.

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People has outlined the Scottish Government’s timetable for taking control of the remaining devolved Social Security entitlements (this link will take you away from our website).

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP committed to the following timeline.

Summer 2020

The first disability entitlement to open to new claimants will be disability assistance for children and young people.

In accordance with the SNP’s manifesto commitment, eligibility for this payment will be extended to those up to age 18, as opposed to the current age limit of 16.

Changes will also be made to ensure that children who receive the highest care component of disability assistance are entitled to winter heating assistance too.

End of 2020

A payment to support those over state pension age who need someone to help them because of a disability will be introduced.

Early 2021

A new payment will be introduced for the estimated 1,800 Scottish Carers who look after more than 1 disabled child, recognising the higher costs they face.

The largest and most complex form of disability assistance will be introduced. This is Social Security Scotland’s new claims service for working age people, replacing DWP’s Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

End of 2021

Social Security Scotland will start paying winter heating assistance in its current form to eligible older people in Scotland who receive another type of payment from the agency.

The agency will also make the first cold spell heating assistance too.

Social Security Scotland will process new claims for Carers Allowance.


With respect to moving people’s existing claims for DLA/PIP from the DWP to the new disability assistance administered by Social Security Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary stated her expectation that the majority of people would be transferred by 2023, with all cases fully transferred by 2024.

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