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How Adult Disability Payment works

Adult Disability Payment is extra money to help you if you have a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition that affects your everyday life.

Adult Disability Payment is made up of 2 parts:

  1. daily living
  2. mobility

You may qualify for one or both parts.

The amount you get depends on how your condition affects your ability to do everyday activities and get around.

You can still get Adult Disability Payment if you’re working or studying. Your income and any savings you have are not taken into account when you apply.

Find out more about how Adult Disability Payment works.

Completing the Adult Disability Payment application

You can choose to apply for Adult Disability Payment online or by phone and paper. There are 2 parts to the Adult Disability Payment application:

  • part 1 asks for your personal details, like your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number
  • part 2 asks about your condition and the help and support you need

Once you have completed part 1 of the Adult Disability Payment application, you must complete part 2 within 56 days (8 weeks).

When you're completing part 2 of the application, take your time. You do not have to do it all at once. You can answer the questions in any order. 

Use the pictures and examples throughout the application to help you. 

Find out more about completing the Adult Disability Payment application.


Social Security Scotland will decide whether you should get Adult Disability Payment based on:

  • your application form
  • any supporting information

Sometimes they’ll also need to talk to you to make a decision about your application. This is called a consultation.

Social Security Scotland will ask you to take part in a consultation if this is the only way they can get the extra information they need.

The consultation will not be a diagnosis or medical examination of your condition.

Find out more about Adult Disability Payment consultations.

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