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The age limit for disability living allowance (DLA) is to be raised to 18 for existing claimants from September, the Scottish government has announced.

The Scottish government takes over disability benefits in April of this year. They say that they want to spare families the stress of changing from DLA to PIP at the same time as young people may be going through a number of other changes in their life.

According to the Scottish government:

young people in Scotland who are getting DLA Child from the Department for Work and Pensions who are due to turn 16 from September will no longer be invited to apply for PIP.

from 2nd March 2020 Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will start writing to parents or carers of children in receipt of DLA Child informing them of the change.

clients who have already had a letter from DWP asking them to apply for PIP, will need to do this if they require continued support.

clients who receive this letter must reply to DWP. They must say whether their child will need an appointee to manage their benefit once they turn 16.

clients who wish to are still able to move from DLA Child to PIP by making an application to the DWP. People should seek independent advice on what would be best for their circumstances.

16 to 18 years old will continue to have the choice to apply to the DWP for PIP up until the Scottish Government launches it replacement for PIP early 2021.

Child Disability Payment is the new Social Security Scotland benefit which will replace Disability Living Allowance for children living in Scotland.

There is further information available on the Scottish government website.

Comments  

#2 BuddhaNature 2020-03-09 16:30
Quoting mrfibrospondodysthmatic:
Why is this not applying to the entire UK, not just Scotland?

Can anyone out there shed some light on this. Just seems more than unfair.


Apart from the link given in the article above (concerning this particular aspect of Social Security in Scotland) Scotland now its own 'Social Security Scotland (Agency)' This has a very limited capacity to decide and legislate for how some Social Security is administered in Scotland. You can get a good overview of this here: Social Security Scotland

As you will see even with the limited powers available to the Scottish Government the changes that are being made are generally fairer than the hellish system controlled entirely by the DWP and which governs Social Security in the UK in general.

Should be said that the changes being made are with a Scottish Government controlled by the SNP with the support of the Scottish Greens. If the Scottish Tories were in power in Scotland I would expect that they would simply mirror DWP policies and perhaps add in some extra kickings from the Scottish Tories for good measure (such is the Tory mindset).

I pray to God that Scotland regains its independence from the UK some time very soon. That would be the best solution for Scots in the long run.
#1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2020-03-09 14:50
Why is this not applying to the entire UK, not just Scotland?

Can anyone out there shed some light on this. Just seems more than unfair.

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