Scotland’s Child Disability Payment opens for new applications across Scotland from 22 November 2021. Following a pilot of this benefit in other areas of Scotland; it will now come in to general operation and it replaces the UK Government’s Disability Living Allowance for children.

Any new claims from 22/11/21, for children with a Scottish postcode, will be for Child Disability Payment.

Existing claims of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children aged 15-17yrs will gradually transfer over to Child Disability Payment by spring 2022.  The remainder of claims are expected to transfer by spring 2023.

Parents/Carers will be contacted at the time when this transfer process will be carried out for their child.  You will not need to re-apply and payments will remain the same during transfer.  Your payments will then be from Social Security Scotland instead of the Department for Work and Pensions.

For more information and to find out if you are eligible to claim, visit – Child Disability Payment

Apply online from 22nd November 2021-

How to apply –

Phone and paper applications

You can call Social Security Scotland by phone to start an application for a child.

Freephone: 0800 182 2222 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday).

You will be asked for some details about you and the child so that Social Security Scotland can start your application. They will then send you a paper application to complete and return in a prepaid envelope.

Read our hints and tips on Child Disability Payment.

Getting help to apply 

The Social Security Scotland Local Delivery service can help you to apply for Child Disability Payment.

Find out more about Child Disability Payment.