Improving disability benefits –

End fixed-term exams for people with lifelong illnesses.

Disabled people with the most serious health conditions will enjoy greater financial security under the Scottish social security system.

The Adult Disability Payment will replace the UK government’s Personal Independence Payment (PIP). It will be open to new applications in pilot areas starting this month.

Disabled people on the higher components of the new benefit and whose needs are very unlikely to change will be eligible for an “indefinite allowance”. In effect, this means that they will not be subject to examinations and can count on their new benefit in the long term.

Individuals receiving Personal Independence Allowance and Disability Living Allowance do not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment. They will be contacted starting this summer to let them know when their scholarships will be automatically transferred safely to Adult Disability Payment.

Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said:

“The introduction of indefinite rewards, as part of the Adult Disability Payment, underlines our commitment to upholding the principles of the Scottish social security system to treat people with dignity, fairness and respect. In making this decision, we engaged with a wide range of people with lived experience of the current system, and we will continue to listen to them as we design and build a social security system that works for people with disabilities.

“We want to ensure that people on the highest levels of adult disability benefits receive long-term and adequate support, because those with lifelong conditions or disabilities resulting in needs that are very unlikely to change, will not should not be subjected to unnecessary examinations when it is reasonable to expect that their situation will not change.

“Under the UK government’s Personal Independence Payment, similar awards have typically been reviewed every 2-10 years. However, people with disabilities tell us that even 10-year review periods can create stress and anxiety. That’s why we’ve decided to introduce indefinite rewards – we’re determined to do things differently and build a more compassionate system in Scotland.

Moira Tasker, Chief Executive of Inclusion Scotland, said:

“Inclusion Scotland warmly welcomes the announcement of the indefinite award of the Disabled Adult Payment. We are pleased that the Minister has acted on the views expressed by people with disabilities and passed this measure.

“It will be a huge relief for disabled people with permanent high levels of impairment who have been continually reassessed under the flawed Personal Independent Payment (DWP) system. Indefinite rewards will also provide certainty and security to those who receive them.

Morna Simpkins, director of MS Society Scotland, added:

“We are delighted that the Scottish Government has listened to the views of the MS community and MS Society Scotland and is reintroducing indefinite awards.

“MS is relentless, painful and disabling. Indefinite scholarships will provide some people living with long-term progressive conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, the security of knowing that they will not have their scholarships downgraded or their income reduced.


The Adult Disability Payment is the twelfth benefit introduced by Social Security Scotland since September 2018, which includes seven new benefits, unique to Scotland.

Indefinite rewards for people of working age previously existed in the UK government’s Department for Work and Pensions system as part of Disability Living Allowance. However, many Disability Living Allowance clients on indefinite allowance received fixed-term allowance when they switched to the Personal Independence Payment after its introduction in 2013.

All adults currently receiving Disability Living Allowance will remain on Disability Living Allowance unless they were under the age of 65 on 8 April 2013 and report a relevant change in condition, or request to move, in which case they will be contacted and their scholarships transferred to Adult Disability Payment to avoid being asked to claim the Personal Independence Payment by the Department for Work and Pensions.

People aged 16 years of state pension age who are disabled, have a long-term medical condition or terminal illness and live in Dundee, Perth and Kinross, and the Islands Westerners will be able to apply for the Disabled Adult Payment from March 21.

People on current Payment for Personal Independence or Disability Living Allowance do not need to apply for the Disabled Adult Payment. Their scholarships will automatically transfer to Social Security Scotland from August. They will be written before the transfer of their payment.

Phase two of the adult disability payment pilot is taking place in Perth and Kinross, Dundee City, the Western Isles, Angus, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire from 20 June 2022. Phase three of the payment for disabled for adults takes place in Perth and Kinross, Dundee City, the Western Isles, Angus, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Fife, City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire from 25 July 2022 ahead of the nationwide rollout on August 29.

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