Updates from Social Security Scotland18th November 2020
Scottish Child Payment Pre-Launch Applications
Click here to view a video from Social Security Scotland Facebook page, this one links together the Scottish Child Payment and Best Start Grant benefits and it’s a good illustration of the support available.
Child Disability Payment to be introduced next summer
Child Disability Payment will be the next new benefit to be introduced by Social Security Scotland. This will be followed by the introduction of Adult Disability Payment, which will be piloted from spring 2022 and available across the country by summer 2022.
Child Disability Payment will replace the Department of Work and Pensions’ Disability Living Allowance for Children and Adult Disability Payment will replace Personal Independence Payment.
You can read the Cabinet Secretary’s full statement, here. To read more detail, you can also access the latest position papers from the Scottish Government, which set out their plans for disability assistance under a new Scottish system.
Child Winter Heating Assistance resources now available
This is the first disability benefit that Social Security Scotland are launching and it will provide extra money for more than 14,000 disabled children. Child Winter Heating Assistance is a new £200 payment to help families of a child on the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for Children to heat their homes.
Payments will arrive with people from Friday 27 November and these are expected to be complete by Friday 11 December.
People do not need to apply for this payment. It will be made automatically by Social Security Scotland using information provided by the Department for Work and Pensions. Families will get a letter in advance to confirm that they will be getting this payment. For more information click here.