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What Short-term Assistance is

Short-term Assistance is a temporary payment you can apply for when you ask to challenge a decision to reduce or stop your:

  • Adult Disability Payment
  • Child Disability Payment

While your challenge is ongoing, Short-term Assistance payments replace the amount Social Security Scotland reduced your disability payment by. This is so you do not have to manage on less money while you challenge the decision.

You will not need to pay back any Short-term Assistance you’re entitled to. This is not affected by the outcome of your challenge.

Short-term Assistance is only available when you are challenging a decision to reduce or stop a disability payment.

You cannot get Short-term Assistance if:

  • Social Security Scotland never awarded you the disability payment 
  • your award was not reduced or stopped

To challenge a benefit decision, there’s a two stage process:

  1. Stage 1 – re-determination
  2. Stage 2 – appeal

Get more information on how to request a re-determination and how to request an appeal.

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