As of Monday 25 July, people across North Ayrshire will be able to apply for Adult Disability Payment.
The new SNP Government benefit replaces the UK Government’s Personal Independence Payment and provides financial support to people aged between 16 and state pension age, who are disabled, have a long-term health condition or have a terminal illness.
If you are currently in receipt of Personal Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance, you do not need to make an application for Adult Disability Payment.
These existing awards will transfer automatically from the DWP to Social Security Scotland. Cases will transfer in stages starting from this summer and this process is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“I encourage anyone in North Ayrshire who thinks they could be eligible to check and apply from Monday 25 July.
“You can apply for Adult Disability Payment online and over the phone, and local delivery staff can provide pre-application advice.
“There will be no private sector assessors and clients will be given greater choice to help them, including times and locations of meetings, with home visits available.”
Find more information on how the Adult Disability Payment will be delivered here.
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 doctors and registered nurses involved in an individual’s care. We will ensure that people receive the highest rate of payments as quickly as possible.
If you need help applying, or with your re‑determination or an appeal, please consider using VoiceAbility, an independent advocacy service funded by the SNP Government. The advocacy service is entirely independent and can be contacted free on 0300 303 1660 or by visiting voiceability.org .