2022 will be the most important year for the new social security system

Providing assistance to thousands of others.

The introduction of the Adult Disability Payment and the extension of the Scottish Child Payment to children under the age of 16 will lead to a significant increase in the number of people eligible for Sottis benefits in 2022.

Scottish Child Payment will drop to £ 20 from April, offering increased support to 111,000 children under six. Its extension to under 16s by the end of 2022, subject to the availability of data from the DWP, will see the number of eligible children more than double to 400,000.

Adult Disability Payment, the twelfth and most complex benefit to be introduced so far, will replace the UK government’s Personal Independence Payment. It will be phased in from March, with a nationwide rollout at the end of August.

To support this, Social Security Scotland is recruiting up to 2,000 people by fall 2022 with the first new hires expected to start at the start of the new year – the biggest expansion since its inception in 2018, creating jobs and helping locals. savings.

Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said:

“2022 will be our biggest year yet in building a new social security system for Scotland with the powers we have.

“The main steps in the introduction of Adult Disability Payment and the extension of Scottish Child Payment will be transformative for many people with disabilities and health problems and for low-income families.

“By the end of 2022, we aim to extend the Scottish Child Payment to all under 16 – subject to the DWP making the data available – increasing eligibility to around 400,000 children.

“From April, doubling our Scottish Child Payment will significantly help us reduce child poverty and build a more just society.

“The payment of £ 20 per child per week will be four times what was initially requested by anti-poverty campaigners and we hope to lift 40,000 Scottish children out of poverty by 2023/24.

“Applying for Adult Disability Benefit from Scottish Social Security will be different from applying to DWP as we will provide a much better experience.

“There will be no private sector involvement, we have removed DWP type assessments and all necessary consultations will be person-centered and will not include functional reviews. We will start from a position of trust. In addition, we offer different ways to submit an application, including online, by mail, by phone or face-to-face; and, unlike the current DWP system, we remove the burden on individuals to provide supporting information – instead, it will be Scottish Social Security’s responsibility to collect the information we need. We will also expedite treatment for clients with terminal illness and follow clinician judgment rather than being tied to fixed periods of life expectancy.

“In addition to the positive impact of benefit payments, Social Security Scotland is also growing as an employer. This rapid development is not only making a difference in our communities, but also creating secure long-term jobs across the country and a contribution of £ 280million to our economy at large – something we can all rejoice in.

“Scotland’s social security system is founded on the values ​​of dignity, fairness and respect, and these are the principles that will always guide us in the development of this important public service. “

Citizens Advice Scotland Managing Director Derek Mitchell said:

“Citizens Advice Scotland has supported the introduction and then the doubling of Scottish Child Payment because we know the difference it can make for families across the country. We encourage everyone who is eligible for payment to apply and claim, this is how our welfare state works – we all pay and get the support we deserve when we need it.

“With the cost of living starting to really climb, people can get help and advice from the Citizens Advice network to see what support they are entitled to. We’ve been helping people for over 80 years and released £ 147million for people last year.


The Scottish Child Payment, unique in the UK, will be fully rolled out for children under 16 by the end of 2022, subject to data on eligible benefits received from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Social Security Scotland was established in September 2018 and offers 11 benefits, including seven new ones.

The introduction of the adult disability payment in spring 2022 will bring the number of benefits to 12 as Scottish Social Security begins to provide more complex disability payments.

The organization will ultimately make payments to 1.8 million people – around one in three people in Scotland

The first phase of the Disabled Adults Pilot Project is taking place in Perthshire and Kinross, the City of Dundee and the Western Isles on March 21, 2022 and will be phased in over the summer with the nationwide rollout to from August 29, 2021.

Those currently receiving disability benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions will have their benefits transferred to the new Scottish system in stages after the introduction of the new benefits from summer 2022.

For more information contact Social Security Scotland via the online chat at mygov.scot/contact-social-security-Scotland/ or call the toll-free helpline on 0800 182 2222.

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