Parents urged to check benefit criteria

​Shirley-Anne Soverville is urging parents to check their eligibility.​Shirley-Anne Soverville is urging parents to check their eligibility.
​Shirley-Anne Soverville is urging parents to check their eligibility.
Parents of disabled children are being urged to make sure they are not missing out on vital financial support from the Scottish Government.

Child Disability Payment is money to help families cover the extra costs of looking after a child or young person who is disabled, has a long-term health condition or is terminally ill.

Since being introduced in 2021, more than 78,000 children and young people have received the payment, with more than £500 million being paid out.

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The benefit, paid by Social Security Scotland, has replaced Disability Living Allowance for Children from the Department for Work and Pensions.

It was designed in partnership with parents of disabled children and charities, to be as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

Light touch reviews were introduced for children whose condition has not changed since the original application was made, meaning those with lifelong disabilities do not need to face ongoing lengthy reviews to receive support.

Social Justice Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “Children and young people with a disability, long-term health condition or terminal illness often have additional needs and the costs for families can add up.

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“I’m pleased Child Disability Payment is there to support families who need extra help and I urge anyone whose child is eligible to apply.

“It’s money they’re entitled to and could help make life a bit easier.”