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From August 29, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will be replaced in Scotland with Adult Disability Payment (ADP) meaning people can no longer make new claims for PIP. ADP is a new devolved benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland.

The process of transferring some 313,620 existing PIP claimants began in mid-June and is expected to be completed by summer 2024.

People already on PIP do not need to apply for the new benefit, the Department for Work and Pensions will simply transfer those eligible automatically.

There will be no interruption in payments during the migration which takes around three months to complete.

Claimants who receive ADP will be paid between £24.45 and £156.90 each week to help with the additional costs of daily living and mobility needs.

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The benefit is paid every four weeks so this amounts to between £97.80 and £627.60 every payment period.

The application process for ADP is slightly different to PIP as it involves no face-to-face assessments.

Claims will be assessed by Social Security Scotland and applicants must have had their condition or disability for at least three months and expect to be affected for nine months to be successful.

It should be noted that applicants will no longer be asked to complete tasks to demonstrate how their condition affects them on a daily basis.

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For more information, people can visit Social Security Scotland Government website.

Last month, Ben Macpherson, the Scottish Government’s minister for Social Security, outlined how people can apply for the PIP replacement.
Mr Macpherson explained: “People can apply for Adult Disability Payment in the way that suits them best.

“As well as online and over the phone, local delivery staff can provide pre-application advice and encourage people to take up their entitlements.

“I encourage those who think they could be eligible to check and apply. We would urge people who think that they may need additional support in applying, as well as with re‑determinations and appeals, to consider using VoiceAbility, an independent advocacy service that we are funding.

“Our approach to delivering disability benefits has been designed with people with lived experience of disability benefits, and we are taking a different approach to that of the UK Government.

“People will be treated with dignity and respect and we will start from a position of trust. There will be no private sector assessors and clients will be given greater choice to help them, including times and locations of meetings, with home visits available.”