Adult Disability Payment opens for applications nationwide

Extra money to help you if you have a disability or long-term health condition that affects your everyday life.

The Adult Disability Payment has opened to new applications across Scotland, following successful pilots in 13 local authority areas.

The new payment replaces Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) benefits for people with a disability  in Scotland.

You do not need to apply if you already get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Social Security Scotland will move your benefit to Adult Disability Payment without you having to do anything. Find out more about how your benefit is moving to Social Security Scotland.  x

People who are not already receiving disability benefits, but believe they might be entitled to them, can apply by filling out an application form.

The benefit provides financial support to people aged between 16 and state pension age who are disabled, have a long-term health condition or have a terminal illness.

The payment is made up of two parts (1) Daily Living and (2) mobility. You may qualify for one or both parts. It does not matter if you are working or not. Your income and savings are not taken into account.

The new Scottish benefit is designed to be accessible and fair.

There will be no routine face-to-face assessments for Adult Disability Payment and, for some people, indefinite awards will be offered.

Indefinite awards, available to people with a long-term health condition or disability which is unlikely to change, will not be reviewed or re-assessed, avoiding the stress and anxiety associated with reviews.

To find out more about benefits, including the Adult Disability Payment, visit the Social Security Scotland website.

How to apply

You can choose to complete your application either online, or by phone and paper. More details are available at

You do not need to apply if you already get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

A new independent advocacy service has been launched to offer free advocacy to anyone who identifies as disabled and requires support to access Scottish social security. The service can be accessed, for free, by phoning 0300 303 1660 or by visiting