Justin Tomlinson gets questioned on PIP assessments
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Adult Disability Payment (ADP) will be rolled out in pilot areas in Scotland from March 21, 2022.
This benefit payment is the latest initiative by Social Security Scotland, the Scottish Government body which is taking over certain responsibilities from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
As part of the new scheme, ADP will replace PIP and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in Scotland which are currently administered by the DWP.
The announcement of the new scheme comes after Social Security Scotland successfully introduced the Child Disability Payment, an equivalent benefit payment for young claimants.
As part of its launch, Adult Disability Payment will be rolled out in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles local authority areas.
Any adults with a disability or health condition, who are not already in receipt of PIP or DLA and of working age, will be the first to receive the payment.
More council areas are set to be included in the payment’s wider rollout before ADP is finally officially launched nationwide in August 2022.
It should be noted that current claimants of PIP or DLA who live in these areas do not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment through Social Security Scotland.
As part of the new benefits system, their awards will be automatically transferred to Adult Disability Payment from August next year.
Social Security Scotland has promised that PIP claimants who will go through this change will not experience a delay or reduction in their payments.
Ben Macpherson, the Minister for Social Security in Scotland, explained the devolved Government’s thinking as to the new benefit payment.
On Adult Disability Payment, Mr Macpherson said: “ADP will also be the most complex and large scale Scottish benefit yet, reaching up to a forecasted 339,000 people once the entitlements of all Scottish PIP and DLA recipients are transferred from the DWP.
“We know people have found applying for DWP disability benefits stressful in the past. That is why we have listened to their experiences as we have designed our new system, and we are committed to doing things differently.
“We are introducing an improved application process and, in contrast to the DWP system, we are removing the burden from individuals to provide supporting information, so that the onus will instead be on Social Security Scotland to collect the information we require.
“Our new, person-centred decision making process will ensure everyone is treated with dignity, fairness and respect.”
Mr Macpherson added: “Importantly, we have abolished assessments in the form currently undertaken by the DWP.
“Instead, and only where required, we will hold person-centred consultations between the person and a Social Security Scotland health or social care practitioner, starting from a position of trust. Our consultations will not involve functional examinations.”
Benefits, like PIP, are designed to help with extra living costs which accumulate with people who have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability.
It is also given to people who have a particular difficulty doing certain everyday tasks or getting around because of their condition.
Currently, claimants receive a maximum of £89.60 weekly for the daily living component and £62.55 for the mobility component.
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