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Who can apply for Adult Disability Payment

You can apply for Adult Disability Payment if you have either a:

  • disability or long-term physical or mental health condition
  • terminal illness

You can still apply if you're waiting for a diagnosis.

You need to be between 16 and State Pension age.

You cannot get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Adult Disability Payment at the same time.

You do not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment if you already get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance for adults from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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.

When you can apply

Applications for Adult Disability Payment are limited to start with while Social Security Scotland make sure the process works.

You can apply for Adult Disability Payment now if you live in: 

  • Angus
  • Dundee City
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Perth and Kinross
  • South Lanarkshire
  • the Western Isles

Applications will open in the rest of Scotland later this summer. You'll be able to apply on or after:

  • 25 July, if you live in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, East Ayrshire, Fife, Moray, North Ayrshire or South Ayrshire
  • 29 August, if you live elsewhere in Scotland

If applications are not open in your area yet, you can still apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Check if you qualify for Adult Disability Payment

You can apply for Adult Disability Payment if you have a disability or long-term health condition that affects your everyday life.

You can check if you meet the other requirements to qualify for Adult Disability Payment before you start an application.

We’ll ask you questions about:

  • where you live
  • any restrictions on your right to live in the UK
  • if you're on other benefits
  • your age

We'll not ask about your disability or health condition just now.

Check if you qualify for Adult Disability Payment

If you do not qualify for Adult Disability Payment, then we’ll tell you what other benefits you may be able to get.

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