• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Adult Disability Payment Legislation Unanimously Approved

In line with the SNP Government manifesto, the Scottish Parliament unanimously approved legislation to implement the new Scottish Adult Disability Payment (ADP).

This means as of 25 July, working age disabled people in North Ayrshire, as well as those with a long-term health condition or a terminal illness, will be able to apply for ADP with Social Security Scotland.

This payment will be the twelfth to be delivered by the SNP Government, replacing Personal Independence Payment, which is currently delivered by the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions.

Adults of working age with a disability or health condition, who are not already in receipt of Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance, and living in the pilot areas, will be the first to be able to apply.

If you are already in receipt of DWP payments, this will transfer to the Scottish social security system automatically at the beginning in August and without the need to apply.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“The SNP Government has seen the poor example set by the UK Government and instead, is building Scotland’s social security system around principles of fairness and dignity.

“People’s experiences have been listened to throughout the process and as such, the new system was designed to work for people, not against them.

“Importantly, the SNP Government has abolished assessments in the form currently undertaken by the DWP. Instead, and only where required, there will be consultations and those will not involve functional examinations.”

A new definition of terminal illness has been introduced, removing the time requirement that a person must reasonably be expected to die within six months and instead using the clinical judgement of doctor and registered nurses involved in the applicant’s care.

Over 300,000 people in Scotland are expected to be in receipt of Personal Independence Payment and approximately 40,000 people of working age receiving Disability Living Allowance when applications for ADP open nationwide.

For more information on how our benefit will be delivered differently click here.