Between the ages of 16 and 18, you can choose to either:
- apply for Adult Disability Payment at any time
- keep getting Child Disability Payment
If you want to apply for Adult Disability Payment, you can decide when’s best for you to do this.
Things to consider
You will not automatically get Adult Disability Payment because you’re getting Child Disability Payment. Social Security Scotland uses different rules to decide if you should receive each benefit.
How much you get
If you get Adult Disability Payment, you could get paid less, the same or more than you get for Child Disability Payment.
Impact on your other benefits
Getting Adult Disability Payment could change what other benefits you’re eligible for and how much you can get.
Get help to decide
Before applying, you could contact support organisations to find out:
- how moving to Adult Disability Payment might affect you
- if it’s right for your needs
You can talk about your options with:
- your parent or guardian
- a carer or support worker
- anyone else who helps you
You can get extra support to understand and apply for benefits from Social Security Scotland.
You’ll get support from a person known as an advocate. Find out how they can help you.
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