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S5W-22306: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-22047 by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 20 March 2019, for what reason its social security position papers and consultation on disability assistance do not detail, or refer to, its plans for a Scottish version of Disability Living Allowance for people over 65.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 29 March 2019

The Disability Assistance consultation is focussed on the new benefits we will be introducing in Scotland. People over 65 applying for Disability Assistance for the first time will not be able to apply for Disability Living Allowance and as outlined in the consultation paper, will apply for Disability Assistance for Older People. Scottish people over 65 already receiving Disability Living Allowance, will be transferred to the Scottish Government as outlined in the policy position paper published on Case Transfer.

The policy paper can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/social-security-case-transfer-policy-position-paper/pages/1/ .