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GORDON MP WELCOMES NEW SCOT GOV DISABILITY PAYMENT FOR PENSIONERS

GORDON MP WELCOMES NEW SCOT GOV DISABILITY PAYMENT FOR PENSIONERS

Published date : 18 April, 2024

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed a new disability payment for pensioners which will be available in the North-east from next year.

The Scottish Government has announced the benefit will be rolled out in five locations from October before being rolled out elsewhere from March 2025.

Pension Age Disability Benefit is for people of pension age who have a disability or long-term health condition that means they need help looking after themselves or supervision to stay safe.

It is not means-tested and is worth between £290 and £434 a month depending on the needs of the person who gets it.

Currently more than 150,000 people in Scotland get Attendance Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions.

They do not need to take any action as their awards will be automatically moved from the DWP to Social Security Scotland.  This will happen in phases, with the first expected to be transferred in early 2025.

Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:

“In the midst of Westminster’s cost-of-living crisis it is more important than ever that older people get the support to which they’re entitled.

“I very much welcome the changes the Scottish Government has made to make the process easier, including making it simpler for an eligible person to nominate a third-party representative.

“If anyone thinks they might be eligible for support right now, I would encourage them to apply for Attendance Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions.  Anyone getting that benefit will automatically have their award transferred to Pension Age Disability Payment next year so there is no reason to wait.”

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