Date lodged: 19 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how many young people will be required to apply for DWP-delivered personal independence payment instead of disability assistance following its decision not to open eligibility for new applicants aged 16 or over.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 4 April 2019
The Disability Assistance consultation sets out the Scottish Government’s proposed policy approach to replacements for Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Attendance Allowance (AA). The consultation document states that Scottish Government does not intend to open eligibility to new DACYP applicants age 16 or over due to the potential disruption involved with applying for the benefit then being required to apply for a working age benefit sooner after.
Stat-Xplore provides a guided way to explore DWP benefit statistics, currently holding data relating to 16 different benefits/programmes. Information on the volumes of PIP claims currently in payment to Scottish 16 and 17 year olds is publically available via this website.