Disabled Scots are being urged to provide feedback on how a Scottish Government disability allowance meets claimants mobility requirements.
The consultation on eligibility for the mobility component of the ‘Adult Disability Payment‘ will collect data for a comprehensive independent evaluation.
Government ministers agreed to this evaluation to ensure that the payment fulfils the current and future requirements of individuals.
As one of two components of the payment, the mobility component assists those who have trouble getting about or planning and following their excursions.
Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said: “Adult Disability Payment was developed in close co-operation with disabled people as part of our commitment to ensure Scotland’s social security system is delivered with dignity, fairness and respect.
“We want to hear a broad range of views on the eligibility criteria for the mobility element of Adult Disability Payment, particularly from people who are in receipt of disability benefits.
“We have already improved the application process for disability payments, while maintaining our commitment to safely and securely transferring people’s payments from the UK Government. We’d like to know about people’s experiences of this improved system.
“To anyone who receives Adult Disability Payment, or has views on how it is delivered, I would encourage you to respond to our consultation.”
Adult Disability Payment, administered by Social Security Scotland, was introduced in August 2022 to replace Personal Independence Payment provided by the UK government.
It offers financial help to disabled, chronically sick, or terminally ill individuals between the ages of 16 and state pension age.
There are two components: a mobility component and a daily living component for individuals who have difficulty with activities such as cooking a meal or bathing.