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This advice applies to Scotland

Changes to DLA in Scotland

A new benefit called Child Disability Payment is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children and young people in Scotland. It’s paid by Social Security Scotland.

If you live in Scotland, you can apply for Child Disability Payment for a child if you don't already get child DLA for them. You can't make a new application for DLA.

If you already get child DLA

Young people in Scotland who get DLA and turn 16 on or after 1 September 2020, can continue to get it until they're 18, as long as they're still eligible for it. This means that they don't have to move to PIP when they're 16, although they can choose to do so if they want.

If you already get DLA for a child, you’ll continue to get it until you’re transferred to Child Disability Payment. Social Security Scotland will contact you to tell you when that will happen. You won’t have to re-apply and the rate and amount of payment you get will be the same.

When will transfers take place

The case transfer process will take place in stages.  

The first cases to be transferred, between October 2021 and spring 2022, will be young people who are: 

  • terminally ill, or 
  • 15 years and 6 months, or older 

All other children will start to be transferred from spring 2022. 

It’s expected that all DLA awards will be transferred to Child Disability Payment by spring 2023. 

Find out more about Child Disability Payment.

Find out more about transferring from DLA to Child Disability Payment on


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