A pilot scheme for Child Disability Payment has been launched in Perth & Kinross as well as the Western Isles and Dundee City for people with new claims.
This new method of support being tried in three areas provides a safe and secure introduction of a new form of benefit in relatively small numbers giving the opportunity to ensure the new service meets the needs of applicants before expanding the scheme nationally.
MSP for Perthshire North, John Swinney, said:
“I am delighted that families across Perthshire are now able to benefit from the Child Disability Payment.
“We know that caring for a child with disabilities brings with it extra costs and challenges. This payment, designed in consultation with families, will provide crucial support to parents, carers, and children.
“The Scottish Government is determined to build a welfare system that treats people with respect, compassion and fairness. The launch of this payment marks an important step on our journey towards achieving this goal.”
The Scottish Child Disability Payment will replace the existing Disability Living Allowance for children.
Families who already receive Disability Living Allowance for children do not need to apply as they will be contacted directly and their cases will be transferred in future.
To allow applicants to best apply in the way that best suits them, this will be the first disability benefit in the UK that can be applied for online as well as by post, phone or face to face, COVID restrictions permitting.
Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison said:
“Families have been involved throughout the development of Child Disability Payment and it is hugely rewarding to see three years of work on this benefit now delivering for people. Every client can expect to be treated with dignity, fairness and respect throughout the process.
“Parents and carers of a child with a disability or long term health condition already experience a number of challenges and accessing the financial support that they are entitled to shouldn’t be another one. By including them at every step of the process, we have been able to focus on what suits parents and carers and have designed a system that meets their needs.
“It is fantastic to see the pilot in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles begin for people with new claims. It will allow us to make sure the new disability benefit system is fully ready for Child Disability Payment’s full national rollout this autumn, and ahead of the transfer of existing clients.”
For more information on the Child Disability Payment, visit: https://www.mygov.scot or call 0800 182 2222