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Other benefits and help if you get Child Disability Payment

This advice applies to Scotland

If you get Child Disability Payment for a child, you might be able to get:

  • a higher rate of your existing benefits
  • other benefits for the first time
  • help with travel - for example, you might not have to pay vehicle tax
  • grants and other help.

Child Disability Payment isn’t treated as income for other benefits and you don’t pay tax on it.

Check if you can get Child Disability Payment.

You can use the Child Disability Payment award letter to apply for other benefits and help. 

The Child Disability Payment award pack will also include a Certificate of Entitlement and a personal ID for anyone who gets the higher rate of the mobility component. This can be used to apply for a blue badge.

If you don’t have proof of the award, the other benefit provider will contact Social Security Scotland to confirm that you’re getting Child Disability Payment.

Higher payments of benefits you already get

You can get a higher rate of the following benefits if you get Child Disability Payment for a child:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit
  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Pension Credit.

You’ll also be exempt from the 'benefit cap' which limits the amount of benefit payments a household can get.

You might be able to get some of these benefits for the first time if your income was considered too high before. 

Getting Child Disability Payment won’t reduce your other benefits.

When a child turns 16 they can start to get Child Disability Payment paid directly to them. They might also be able to get other benefits in their own right. This can affect the amount of benefit your household is entitled to. You should get advice to find out what the best options are for your particular circumstances when a child is 16.

Get help from an adviser to find out what benefits you're entitled to and how to apply for them.

Check if you can get other benefits

Getting Child Disability Payment can mean that you qualify for other benefits.

Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who look after someone who is disabled or has a health condition.

You can get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply:

  • you’re over 16 and not in full-time education
  • you earn less than £128 a week
  • the child you care for gets the middle or highest rate of the care component of Child Disability Payment
  • you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them.

Read more about Carer's Allowance.

Young Carer Grant

A Young Carer Grant is a payment of £308.15 from Social Security Scotland. It’s paid once a year to carers who:

  • are aged 16 to 18
  • live in Scotland
  • spend at least 16 hours a week on average caring for someone who gets the middle or highest rate of the care component of Child Disability Payment.

A young carer can get the grant even if someone else is already getting Carer’s Allowance for looking after the same person.

Check if you can get a Young Carer Grant.

Find out about other help and support that's available to carers.

Child Winter Heating Assistance

Child Winter Heating Assistance is paid to parents and carers to help with household costs for disabled children and young people under 19.

It's paid once a year by Social Security Scotland.

You don’t have to apply for Child Winter Heating Assistance. It’s paid automatically to a child or young person under 19 in Scotland who is getting the highest rate of the care component of Child Disability Payment in the 'qualifying week'. 

The qualifying week is the third week in September.

More about Child Winter Heating Assistance.

Get help from an adviser to find out what benefits you're entitled to and how to apply for them. 

Help with travel

If you get the higher rate of the mobility component of Child Disability Payment, you can get:

A child or young person who gets the higher rate of the mobility component or the middle or highest rate of the care component of Child Disability Payment, can also get a free bus pass. Find out more about concessionary fares and free travel.

Find out more about other help with the costs of transport if you're disabled.

Grants and other help

You might be able to get a grant from the Family Fund or the Independent Living Transition Fund.

There are also other sources of help available from specialist disability organisations and support groups.

Apply for a grant from the Family Fund

The Family Fund is a charity that gives grants to ease the stress on families who have a disabled or seriously ill child.

You can apply for help if you’re on a low income and you care for a disabled or seriously ill child at home.

The fund provides grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing, computers and tablets.

Check if you can get help from the Family Fund.

Independent Living Transition Fund

A disabled young person who is aged 15 to 25 can apply to the Independent Living Transition Fund. The Fund can provide money to enable a young person to take part in a new activity or learn a new skill that will help them become independent and spend more time with people.

A Child Disability Payment award letter can act as proof of disability.

Get help from an adviser

Get help from a Citizens Advice Bureau, to find out what benefits you can get and how to apply for them. You can also:

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