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How to apply for Short-term Assistance

You should apply for Short-term Assistance when you ask for a re-determination or an appeal. You’ll need to tell us if you want to apply for Short-term Assistance when you ask for the re-determination or appeal.

You can ask for a re-determination or appeal and apply for Short-term Assistance by:

You can also apply by calling Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).

If you're a British Sign Language user, you can use the contactSCOTLAND app to contact Social Security Scotland by video relay.

If you’re hard of hearing, you can use the Text Relay Service: 18001 +0300 244 4000.

You should apply for Short-term Assistance when you ask for a re-determination or appeal.

If you asked to challenge a decision to reduce or stop your disability payment but did not apply for Short-term Assistance, you may still be able to apply. You can only get Short-term Assistance if the re-determination or appeal decision has not been made. To apply, call Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222.

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