The Scottish Government have announced that they will be piloting the new Child Disability Payment (CDP) for new applications in three local authorities in the summer of 2021 and plan to make the new benefit available across Scotland by the autumn.
This is one of the new benefits being introduced in Scotland and replaces the Disability Living Allowance for Children from the UK Government Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). If you already receive the Disability Living Allowance for children you will be moved over to the Child Disability Payment from 2021. Importantly, young people and children in Scotland who are currently getting Disability Living Allowance for children from the DWP will no longer need to apply for PIP when they turn 16. They will stay on Disability Living Allowance to age 18.
You will be able to apply for CDP by post, phone, online and face to face. It is the first time in Scotland that people will be able to apply for a disability benefit online. There will also be 11 places to get face-to-face support directly from Social Security Scotland across Scotland.
Haemophilia Scotland is very interested to hear about the experience of individuals and families with bleeding disorders when trying to access any of the new Scottish benefits, particularly those relating to disability. Whether your experience is good or bad, please use the form below to let us know.