What is Adult Disability Payment (ADP)?

Adult Disability Payment is a new benefit, currently being rolled out across Scotland for people of working age who have a long-term health condition or disability. ADP is the Scottish equivalent of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and is being introduced as a result of devolution. Because it is not means tested it doesn’t matter if you are working or how much you earn.

ADP will replace adult claims of both Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA). It is administered by Social Security Scotland and can only be claimed by people living in Scotland. 

Adult Disability Payment is launching in 2022. Depending on where you live, you will be able to apply on or after these dates: 

  • 21 March, if you live in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross or the Western Isles
  • 20 June, if you live in Angus, North Lanarkshire or South Lanarkshire
  • 25 July, if you live in Fife, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire or South Ayrshire
  • 29 August, if you live elsewhere in Scotland 

You do not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment if you currently get either PIP or DLA. Social Security Scotland will begin to move people across to ADP from August 2022 and will send out a letter telling people what will happen during this process. Please be reassured that there will be no break in income during the transfer process. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will continue to pay you PIP or DLA until Social Security Scotland start to pay you ADP.

Further information can be found in our factsheets:

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