PIP to get replaced by new disability fee which incorporates no face-to-face assessments

Adult Disability Payment (ADP) is a new service from Social Security Scotland, which will replace Personal Independence Payment (PIP) from next year.

The new benefit provides additional financial support to people of working age across Scotland with a disability, long-term illness or mental health condition.

It will initially be piloted from spring 2022 before it will be available to all Scottish applicants in the summer of that year.

Scottish applicants who are currently receiving disability benefits from the UK Government’s Department of Labor and Pensions (DWP) will gradually move to the new decentralized system after the new benefits are introduced. The full transfer of the services from the DWP is expected to be completed by 2025.

The Scottish Government has announced the new approach to ensure dignity, fairness and respect

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Social Security Scotland will offer three new forms of disability assistance

  • Payment for children with disabilities will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and, following an initial pilot project, should be fully implemented in July 2021 by autumn 2021

  • Payment for adults with disabilities will replace PIP and should be fully implemented by summer 2022

  • Retirement age disability payment replaces the participation fee and a roll-out date has yet to be confirmed

The Scottish Government took responsibility for these benefits in April 2020, along with the Severe Disability Allowance and Invalidity Pension for Accidents at Work.

However, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Scottish government, social security and public services in the management of Scotland, it was decided to delay the start of disability benefits.

For the time being, the disability benefits will continue to be provided by the DWP.

The change to PIP only affects Scottish applicants.

Below is our quick guide to Payment for adults with disabilities and contains everything you need to know about eligibility, payment rates, ratings, and how to get a claim.

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Who can be eligible for Disability Adult Payment?

The authorization is similar to that of PIP.

This benefit applies to people who meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged between 16 and the state pension

  • You have difficulty with daily life or getting around (or both) outside your home.

  • You have had physical or mental difficulties for at least 3 months and expect them to last for at least 9 months

If a person is terminally ill, these waiting times do not apply.

How are claims assessed?

Social Security Scotland will make decisions about eligibility for ADP whenever possible using the applicant’s account, taking into account their circumstances and the available supporting information.

The number of personal reviews is significantly reduced and is only required if it is the only viable way to make a decision.

Most consultations are done over the phone, but can be done face-to-face in a family doctor’s office or even at home – whichever works best for the person applying.

And applicants will no longer be asked to perform tasks to demonstrate how their disability, long-term illness, or mental health affects them as part of the application process.

Before the new system was developed by Social Security Scotland, it looked at how people felt about the current DWP assessment consultation.

Individuals who underwent a DLA and PIP assessment told the Social Security Scotland Experience Panels that this was “the most stressful part of the overall process”.

However, a DWP spokesperson said, “Our latest survey shows that 82 percent of PIP applicants are satisfied with the overall service we have received, and we continue to work closely with stakeholders and reviewers to continuously improve the overall experience.”

Examples of supporting information

This is used to make a decision about your claim and includes:

Payment installments for paying adult disabilities

Social Security Scotland will provide the same rate as the current rate of the corresponding UK Invalidity Allowance (PIP) for all forms of disability allowance and will increase each year in line with inflation.

Based on the 2021/2022 tariffs, the weekly amounts for paying adult disabilities are:

Everyday life

  • Standard rate: £ 60.00

  • Improved rate : £ 89.60


  • Standard rate : £ 23.70

  • Improved rate : £ 62.55

How often is my award reviewed?

Unlike DWP payment awards, which are periodically reviewed over a set period of time, the ADP runs with no set end date.

The reviews will be “light” and as unobtrusive as possible.

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Can I still exchange all or part of my mobility payment for the Motability Scheme?

Individuals receiving the highest rate of the mobility component from ADP can transfer either all or part of the money they received for the mobility component in order to access the Accessible vehicle and equipment schematic .

This new Scottish system offers a service similar to the current Motability program with a range of cars, wheelchair accessible vehicles, scooters and power wheelchairs on affordable lease terms with a range of customizations at little or no cost.

Customers with an existing Motability lease can keep their vehicle until the end of this lease.

When can I apply for Adult Disability Premium?

New claims will initially be accepted in the pilot project from spring 2022.

Anyone who needs to apply for additional financial assistance due to a disability, long-term illness or mental illness should apply to the DWP for a PIP.

Find out more about the new disability benefits available from the Social Security Scotland website here.

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