Gordon MP Richard Thomson is encouraging eligible families to apply for the Scottish Child Disability Payment which has now opened for applications.
For the first time anywhere in the UK, disability benefit applicants can apply online, as well as by phone, post or face-to-face.
The new payment replaces the UK Government’s Disability Living Allowance for children and is the first of three complex disability benefits to be introduced nationwide by the Scottish Government.
The Child Disability Payment, which will be administered by Social Security Scotland, provides families with support for extra costs that a disabled child might have.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“This aims to be a simplified and much less stressful system, which will treat everyone with dignity, fairness and respect.
“Specially trained Client Support Advisers will be available to answer any queries about Social Security Scotland benefits, help complete paper, telephone or online applications forms, offer other support such as identity and document verification and help with submitting change of circumstances information.
“Children and young people who currently receive Disability Living Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions do not need to apply for Child Disability Payment since their award will be automatically transferred to Child Disability Payment in a phased approach by spring 2023. Clients will receive the same amount of Child Disability Payment that they received for Disability Living Allowance for children if their circumstances remain unchanged.”