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PIP, DLA and AA end in Scotland from 2021

05 March 2019

Scottish consultation: Building better Disability Assistance benefits.

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Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville today asked for views as she launched a consultation on delivering fairer Disability Assistance benefits.

From April 2020 the Scottish Government will take full responsibility for all remaining devolved benefits, with replacement disability benefits to start their introduction from summer 2020.

The new consultation asks for input to ensure the Scottish approach to Disability Assistance will meet the needs of the children and adults it is intended to help.

It will build upon work already undertaken to listen to people with lived experience of disability benefits about how the system can meet their needs.

Disabled Assistance in Scotland will be made up of three forms of help:

  • Summer 2020 - Disability Assistance for Children and Young People (DACYP)
  • By end 2021 - Disability Assistance for Working-Age People (DAWAP)
  • Early 2021 - Disability Assistance for Older People (DAOP)

These will replace the DWP administered benefits Disability Living Allowance for Children (DLAC), Attendance Allowance (AA), and Personal Independence Payments (PIP). New claims for all of these will be delivered by early 2021.

Ms Somerville said:

“I am determined to ensure the system we build is a better, fairer one than the one it will replace. I have heard many moving stories from people frustrated with the current system. We will not replicate a process that causes stress and anxiety. We want to ensure people trust Scotland’s social security system and that it works for people not against them.

“That means fewer face to face assessments, rolling awards with no set end points and those with fluctuating health conditions will not face additional reviews due to regular changes in needs related to their condition. If face to face assessments are necessary, they will be at a time and location that suits the person and carried out by suitably qualified assessors. We will also move the burden of collecting information from the client to Social Security Scotland.

“Today’s consultation paper represents the detailed work we’ve carried out so far in designing a system based upon the views of those with lived experience of the current system.  I look forward to getting further views so that our shared aim can be best achieved: delivery of a disability assistance programme built upon principles of fairness, dignity and respect.”