Nearly 77,000 people on DLA due to get new payment at start of next year

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The Scottish Government recently announced plans for Scottish Adult Disability Living Allowance (Scottish Adult DLA), a new ‘closed’ benefit to provide continued support for tens of thousands of adults with a disability or long-term health condition. However, it’s important to be aware that the benefit will not be open to new claimants.

Under the proposals, eligible people who currently receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) through the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will have their award transferred automatically to the new Scottish benefit where they will then have the opportunity to apply for Adult Disability Payment (ADP). Social Security Scotland will administer the new Scottish Adult DLA and cases will start to transfer from the DWP in Spring 2025, according to new guidance on the mygov.scot website.

Legislation to create the ‘closed’ benefit will be laid in the Scottish Parliament this year. The latest figures from the DWP show that in November 2023 there were 76,910 people on DLA living in Scotland.

The new Scottish benefit will be introduced on a ‘like-for-like’ basis, with claimants’ benefit components, rates and review periods being upheld by Social Security Scotland, ensuring the transfer will be straightforward for those affected.

Some 172,954 people in Scotland currently receiving Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will continue to have their awards moved in stages over the next 18 months, with the transfer due to be completed before the end of 2025.

Those on DLA don’t need to do anything before the move to ADP or Scottish Adult DLA, but any changes in circumstances should still be reported to the DWP - full details on DLA changes to report can be found on GOV.UK here.

Which DLA clams will move to ADP?

According to the online guidance, your DLA award may transfer to Adult Disability Payment if you:

  • live in Scotland

  • get DLA

  • were born on or after April 8, 1948

  • report a relevant change in your circumstances

  • you ask to move to Adult Disability Payment

  • your DLA award is ending or renewing

Motability payments

The online guidance states: "Motability payments will move automatically. If you have a Motability lease, DWP will continue to pay your lease until the move to Social Security Scotland is complete.

"Social Security Scotland will automatically take over any payments to Motability after the move. This means there will be no gap in your Motability payments."

More details about the move from DLA to Scottish Adult DLA can be found on the mygov.scot website here.

More details about the move from DLA to ADP can be found on the mygov.scot website here.