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Moving from Personal Independence Payment to Adult Disability Payment

Your benefit will move from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to Social Security Scotland if you:

  • live in Scotland
  • get Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

This will happen between summer 2022 and summer 2024.

A new Scottish benefit called Adult Disability Payment is replacing PIP. This is happening as part of Scottish devolution.

Your Adult Disability Payment will be the same amount as your PIP. You'll be paid on the same day and there will be no gap in your payments during the move from PIP to Adult Disability Payment.

You do not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment

DWP and Social Security Scotland will move your benefit for you. 

Social Security Scotland will not reassess or review your award during the move.

When the move is happening

From June 2022, Social Security Scotland will move your PIP to Adult Disability Payment if you are both:

  • due a review of your PIP with DWP
  • living in Perth and Kinross, Dundee or the Western Isles

Social Security Scotland will also move your PIP award from June 2022 if you are both:

  • near the end of your PIP award with no review scheduled
  • living anywhere in Scotland

Social Security Scotland will start moving everyone else's PIP to Adult Disability Payment from August 2022. It will take until summer 2024 to finish the move.

Until your PIP has moved to Adult Disability Payment, you'll need to carry on:

  • answering any requests from DWP like filling in a PIP review or renewal form
  • reporting changes to DWP

The date of your move

The date you’re given for the transfer will usually depend on your review date for Personal Independence Payment.

You’ll be fast-tracked if any of the following apply:

  • there’s been a change in your condition since 29 August 2022
  • you’re due a Personal Independence Payment review  
  • your Personal Independence Payment award is about to end

You’ll stay with the DWP, for now, if any of the following apply:

  • you returned their renewal form before 29 August 2022
  • you reported a change of circumstances before 29 August 2022

Once everything has been sorted out with DWP, Social Security Scotland can then move your benefit across. This means that you won’t miss out on any payment or increase that you could be entitled to from DWP.

If you get PIP and live outside the United Kingdom

You'll need to ask DWP to have your benefit moved to Adult Disability Payment if you:

  • live outside the United Kingdom
  • have a genuine and sufficient link to Scotland

A genuine and sufficient link is where you do not live in Scotland, but have a link to Scotland. For example, you or a family member have spent a significant part of their life in Scotland.

If you need support from an independent advocate

Independent advocates are available to help you throughout the process of having your benefit moved to Social Security Scotland.
The Independent Advocacy Service is provided by VoiceAbility.
If you need an advocate, you should: 

  • contact Social Security Scotland
  • ask them to refer you to VoiceAbility

Contact Social Security Scotland:

  • free on 0800 182 2222
  • web chat
  • Text Relay Service on 18001 +0300 244 4000
  • British Sign Language users can go to 

You can also contact VoiceAbility direct:

If you need information in other formats 

You can call Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222. Opening times are Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Find out what to do if you need help contacting Social Security Scotland, or are calling from abroad.
If you're a British Sign Language user, you can use the contactSCOTLAND app to contact Social Security Scotland by video call.

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