Is Disability Living Allowance (DLA) being replaced by a brand new benefit payment?
In Scotland, the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been replaced by a brand new benefit payment, making many new claimants eligible.
DLA for children, in particular, is being replaced with the new Child Disability Payment, which will have a similar cost.
Child Disability Payment, which is funded by Social Security Scotland, will assist young people with disabilities with additional care and mobility costs until they reach the age of 18.
A similar Adult Disability Payment, which will assist adults with long-term conditions, is currently being rolled out across the country.
The Child Disability Payment, unlike other benefits in the UK, will be administered by the Scottish Government’s social security body rather than the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
This is the latest benefit initiative launched by the devolved Government as the UK’s four nations share more social security powers.
Around 52,000 Disability Living Allowance cases were being transferred from the DWP to Social Security Scotland in stages as of November 2021.
According to the Scottish Government, this process will be completed by spring 2023, with each case being carefully handled.
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Child Disability Payment was trialed in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross, and the Western Isles before being fully implemented late last year.
The benefit scheme is tax-free and consists of two parts: care and mobility.
One payment is for living expenses, and the other is for travel expenses.
The care component is open to children aged three months and up, while the mobility component is open to children aged three years and up.
In the case of a terminally ill child, claimants can receive the care component from birth and the mobility payment once they reach the age of three.
The payment rates for the care component are determined by the claimant’s condition and are divided into three categories: lower, middle, and higher.
For the same period of time, the lower rate of Child Disability Payments is £23.70 per week, while the middle rate is £60.
If the child requires constant attention during the day, requires dialysis treatment, or is dying, a higher payment rate of £89.60 is given.
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