People on PIP 'light touch' review from DWP could be due 10-year award after transfer to Adult Disability Payment

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that there are currently 218,859 people living in Scotland receiving Personal Independence Payment (PIP). All of these claimants will move automatically in stages to Adult Disability Payment (ADP) before the end of 2025.

The amount of ADP paid will be the same rate as your PIP, unless you've notified DWP of a change in your health condition - which would trigger a case review. ADP will be paid on the same day as PIP and there will be no break in payments during the move to the Social Security Scotland IT system.

Letters are sent to people around three months before the move explaining what happens during the transfer and the exact date their PIP will switch to ADP. After the move has been completed, Social Security Scotland will send another letter confirming the transfer has been completed, the amount of ADP you will receive and when your review will be conducted.

If you were due a review of your PIP with DWP around the time of the move to ADP, Social Security Scotland will carry out the review after the transfer.

Ongoing PIP awards with a ‘light touch’ review

People on PIP with an ongoing ‘light touch’ award may be given an ‘indefinite award’ when they move to ADP, which may not have a review date. It’s important to remember that the point of any benefit review is to ensure that a claimant is receiving the right level of support, including extra financial help.

A ‘light touch’ review is for claimants who have:

  • very stable needs which are unlikely to change over time

  • high level needs which will either stay the same or get worse

  • a planned award review date due on or at State Pension age

  • a special rules for end of life claim due when of State Pension age

ADP Indefinite Awards

Social Security Scotland guidance for case managers on how to choose an appropriate review period for ADP claimants states: “If an individual is entitled to the enhanced rate of both components of ADP the case manager should consider whether they meet the eligibility criteria for indefinite awards (awards without review).”

However, it clarifies that indefinite awards are only appropriate for a “small group of individuals” in receipt of the enhanced rate of both ADP components - daily living and mobility - whose needs are highly unlikely to change or only likely to increase.

It adds: “Apart from individuals who are terminally ill, there is no automatic process to make an indefinite award, simply because the individual is entitled to the enhanced rate of the daily living and mobility components.”

The guidance also says that case managers should “consider all of the information available from the application or review form and supporting information” in deciding whether or not to set an award review period.

ADP review periods

Shorter review periods - 24 months

  • A review period of 24 months is likely when an individual’s condition is expected to change in the near future.

Medium-length review periods - 25 months to 5 years

  • The case manager might select a review period between 25 months and five years if the individual is likely to experience change in their level of condition.

Longer review periods - 5 to 10 years

  • If an individual’s level of need is unlikely to change, the case manager might set a review date between five and 10 years.

A review period of 5 to 10 years might be given instead of an indefinite award where an individual’s level of need is highly unlikely to change, but the individual does not meet the criteria for an indefinite award as they are not entitled to the enhanced rate of both the daily living and the mobility component or the individual has clearly expressed a preference for a future award review date over receiving an indefinite award.

The guidance states: “Case managers should consider choosing a review period closer to ten years, particularly where it is highly unlikely that the individual’s condition is likely to change.”

A full guide to the move from PIP to ADP can be found on mygov.scto here.