What is the Adult Disability Payment (ADP) in Scotland?

ADP replaced DLA for adults and PIP from August 2022 for all new claimants. You do not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment if you already get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Social Security Scotland will move your benefit to Adult Disability Payment without you having to do anything to start the process.

ADP provides support for the extra costs that a disabled adult might have. It is not means tested so it does not matter It does not matter if you're working or not. Your income and savings are not taken into account.

You can claim and be awarded ADP if:

  • You are ordinarily resident in Scotland, habitually resident in the common travel area, not subject to immigration control, are present in the common travel area and have been present for not less than 26 weeks in the previous 52 weeks (limited exemptions apply); and
  • you do not already have a claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP); and
  • you are aged between 16 years and State Pension Age; and
  • you have either a physical or mental health condition or disability; or
  • you are terminally ill.

What comes after Adult Disability Payment?

You can’t make a new claim for ADP after reaching state pension age. However, once ADP has been awarded as a working age claimant, there is no age-related end date, and it can continue to be paid as long as you meet the conditions of entitlement.

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