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If you’re terminally ill

You do not need to do anything if you’re getting Disability Payment Allowance (DLA) because you're terminally ill.

If you're between 16 and state pension age when your Adult Disability Payment award starts you’ll get: 

  • enhanced award for daily living
  • enhanced award for mobility 

If you're over state pension age when your Adult Disability Payment award starts, you’ll get the same rate of mobility that you got for DLA.

Whatever your age, Social Security Scotland will not review your Adult Disability Payment, unless you ask them to.

If you're terminally ill but do not get DLA under special rules for terminal illness

Adult Disability Payment will be available across Scotland from 29 August 2022.

After this date, you may be able to get Adult Disability Payment under special rules for terminal illness, even if you have not been given DLA under special rules.

Ask your doctor or healthcare practitioner if they have filled in either of these forms for you:

  • DS1500
  • Benefits Assessment for Special Rules in Scotland (BASRiS)

If they have, you can check to see if you qualify by contacting Social Security Scotland.

If they have not, ask them to fill in the BASRiS form and return it to Social Security Scotland.

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