Will the transfer of powers over disability benefits to Scotland affect the payments I currently receive?
No. We will protect disability benefits, not cut them, and will ensure that they remain non-means tested. To take forward the new powers, we will establish a Scottish Social Security Agency with dignity and respect at its heart and we’ll also ensure that the transition to new benefits system is smooth for everyone.
During the time that benefits are being transferred to Scotland, any child in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be given an automatic award of that DLA to age 18 unless they don’t want it. This will allow for continuity for families whilst the transfer of benefits takes place.
We also want to bring back long term awards for those with long term conditions or disabilities. That’s why we are going to establish a Disability Benefits Assessment Commission to provide recommendations and guidance on how often assessments should be, what conditions should be given an automatic or lifetime awards, and eligibility criteria.