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Child Disability Payment is open for Moray families

By Jonathan Clark

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FAMILIES in Moray can now apply for a Child Disability Payment.

The new payment, which provides money to help with the extra costs of caring for a child with a disability or health condition, opened for applications across the country on Monday, November 22.

Applicants can apply online, as well as by phone, post or face-to-face.

This is the first of three complex disability benefits to be introduced nationwide by the Scottish Government – replacing the UK Government’s Disability Living Allowance for children.

Those already receiving Disability Living Allowance for children do not need to apply for this new payment. These approximately 52,000 current cases are being automatically transferred in phases from the Department for Work and Pensions to Social Security Scotland. This will be completed by spring 2023.

Moray's SNP MSP Richard Lochhead welcomed the introduction of the scheme.

Moray's SNP MSP Richard Lochhead. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Moray's SNP MSP Richard Lochhead. Picture: Becky Saunderson

He said: “The Child Disability Payment is a significant milestone for Scotland’s new social security system.

“I’m extremely pleased that families in Moray will benefit from a simplified and much less stressful system that allows them to apply for the payment online, by phone, by post or face to face.

"For too long families have faced an overly complicated process that feels like it’s been designed to keep them out.

“I’m glad that people in Moray, and right across Scotland, are benefitting from an SNP Government that is putting dignity, fairness and respect at the heart of its social security system.”

The national roll out to all local authority areas follows successful pilots in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles.

The SNP's minister for social security Ben Macpherson added: "In the months and years ahead thousands of families will benefit from our simplified and much less stressful system, which will treat everyone with dignity, fairness and respect.

“Social security is a shared investment in building a fairer Scotland and we encourage those who are eligible for support to apply.”

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