People on PIP moving to new disability benefits system may need to report change to DWP
Following the launch of Adult Disability Payment in Dundee, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles in March, the next pilot areas to open for applications from new claimants will be in Angus, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire on June 20.
This will be followed by Fife, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire, on July 25. If you live anywhere else in Scotland, you can make a new claim from August 29.
The new disability payment will replace Personal Independence Payment (PIP) this year for all new applicants living in Scotland and more than 305,000 existing claimants.
Transfer for existing claimants from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) system to Social Security Scotland will begin on August 29.
However, guidance on mygov.scot explains that if you get other benefits or services related to your disability payment, you will need to tell each organisation about the move to Social Security Scotland.
You need to contact your local council to tell them about the move if you get:
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Reduction
- Council Tax Exemption
The guidance also states that you also need to contact the DWP to tell them about the move if you get:
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
It states: “You can do this by reporting a change of circumstances on each benefit that you get.”
You only need to contact HM Revenue and Customs if your disability payment rate has changed during the move and you get either:
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
If you get Child Disability Payment, and your carer gets Carer’s Allowance, you do not need to contact anyone.
The DWP will share this information with the Carer's Allowance Unit.
If you get Adult Disability Payment, and your carer gets Carer’s Allowance, you need to contact the Carer’s Allowance Unit.
You should let them know that your disability payment has moved to Social Security Scotland as this information will not be shared automatically.
You can contact the Carer’s Allowance Unit via GOV.UK, here.