Disability Assistance for Children and Young People

Disability Assistance for Children and Young People

There will be changes to Disability Living Allowance for children in Scotland from summer 2020.

The Scottish Government will soon be responsible for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments for children. It will be known as Disability Assistance for Children and Young People (DACYP).

Disability assistance for children and young people will be much the same as disability living allowance but with 2 main changes:

  • It will be available for children up to age 18, rather than 16
  • The maximum amount will be awarded for children who are terminally ill, whatever their life expectancy

Who’s eligible?
Children and young people aged between three months and 18 years who have:

  • lived with a disability for at least three months and who can expect to continue to have this disability for at least six months – unless they are regarded as terminally ill
  • children aged three months or over will be entitled to claim the care component of the assistance
  • To claim the lower rate of the mobility component children will need to be at least five years old, and children will need to be at least three years old to claim the higher rate of mobility

Who decides?
Decisions about entitlement will be made using existing supporting information only and not through face-to-face assessments. Examples of supporting information include:

  • a social care needs assessment
  • a report from an educational psychologist
  • information from a parent

The exact date of the first payment has yet to be confirmed. You should be able to apply by phone 0800 182 2222, or at Social Security Scotland.

This page will be updated as more information about Disability Assistance for children and young people becomes available.

In the meantime please call the lone parent helpline if you need advice about benefits on 0808 801 0323.

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