What is Adult Disability Payment?

It is extra money to help people who have a long-term illness or disability that affects their everyday life. It replaces Personal Independence Payment for people in Scotland, previously delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Who can get Adult Disability Payment?

You can apply for Adult Disability Payment if you:

  • have a disability or long term health condition, or are terminally ill
  • have not yet reached State Pension age

How are the payment rates calculated?

Adult Disability Payment is made up of 2 parts:

  • daily living
  • mobility

You may qualify for one or both parts.

Daily living component

  • standard - weekly rate of £72.65
  • enhanced - weekly rate of £108.55

Mobility component

  • standard - weekly rate of £28.70
  • enhanced* - weekly rate of £75.75

* If you get the enhanced rate of the mobility component, you are able to transfer either the whole or part of the money you get to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment Scheme.

How will I be paid?

The first payment will usually be calculated from the date the first part of the online application was submitted. Or, from the date you phoned Social Security Scotland to start the application process, if you applied by phone and paper form.

Adult Disability Payment is paid every 4 weeks in arrears. It will be paid into the account given as part of the application.

Is the payment available to people who are terminally ill?

Yes. A person with a terminal illness will be entitled to the highest rate of the care component and mobility component, regardless of the period of time for which they have had a terminal illness. If the person is terminally ill, Adult Disability Payment will be paid weekly in advance.

What if I already get Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance?

If you already get Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions you do not need to apply. Your awards will be transferred automatically to the new Scottish system from Summer 2022, with no break in entitlement. Social Security Scotland will take over making your payments when your award transfers. You will get a letter with more details before this happens.

How can I apply?

You can apply on the mygov.scot website, by post, through a local face-to-face appointment or via the freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222.

How can I contact Social Security Scotland?

You can contact Social Security Scotland using any of the following:

British Sign Language users
Text Relay Service (for the hard of hearing)