Short-term assistance is a new temporary payment. You can apply for this payment if you ask Social Security Scotland to look at their decision about your Child Disability Payment again. This process is called a re-determination.
How it works
If your Child Disability Payment is reduced or stopped, short-term assistance replaces the difference in payment.
This means you’ll continue to be paid the same amount of money you received before your payments were reduced or stopped.
Short-term assistance ends when a new decision about your Child Disability Payment is made.
You can only get short-term assistance if you:
- apply for a re-determination
- appeal a decision to reduce or stop your benefit
You’ll be paid short-term assistance in the same way as you’re paid Child Disability Payment.
When to apply
You must apply for short-term assistance at the same time you apply for:
- a re-determination
- an appeal
You cannot apply for short-term assistance after Social Security Scotland make their new Child Disability Payment decision.
If the Tribunal makes an appeal decision before you apply for short-term assistance, you'll not be able to get this payment.
Your Child Disability Payment decision and appeal
If you apply for short-term assistance, it does not affect:
- Social Security Scotland’s new decision about your Child Disability Payment
- the Tribunal appeal decision
Your short-term assistance payments
Regardless of Social Security Scotland’s new Child Disability Payment decision or your appeal outcome, you do not have to pay back short-term assistance.
You'll only have to pay short-term assistance back if:
- Social Security Scotland find you applied for the original Child Disability Payments fraudulently when they paid you short-term assistance
- you were paid short-term assistance by mistake
Arrears and backdated payments
If your re-determination or appeal is successful and you’re due any arrears or backdated payments, Social Security Scotland will ensure they do not overpay you.
Social Security Scotland will deduct any short-term assistance paid from those arrears.
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