Adult Disability Payment: Independent Review


Adult Disability Payment launched on 29 August 2022 and is one of fourteen payments that Social Security Scotland delivers. Adult Disability Payment has replaced Personal Independence Payment for disabled people of working age in Scotland. 

We prioritised a safe and secure transition of people’s payments from DWP to Social Security Scotland. In doing so we have not made substantive changes to the eligibility criteria for Adult Disability Payment at launch. However, we have listened closely to the views and experiences of disabled people and have committed to undertake an independent review of Adult Disability Payment as part of the Programme for Government 2023-2024, to ensure the benefit continues to meet the needs of disabled people.

The independent review will consider people’s experiences of the first year of delivery of Adult Disability Payment, as well as the eligibility criteria. This builds upon the analysis of the consultation on the eligibility criteria for the mobility component of Adult Disability Payment, published in August 2023. The Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice has appointed Edel Harris OBE to lead the independent review.

Scope and terms of reference

  • the activities and descriptors that determine entitlement to Adult Disability Payment, including how these apply to disabled people with fluctuating conditions
  • people’s experiences of applying for, receiving or challenging a decision about Adult Disability Payment or undergoing a review (including unsuccessful applicants)
  • consultations process and Adult Disability Payment-specific guidance for practitioners and decision-making guidance to ensure a rights-based model of social security is being applied
  • considering initial priorities capable of early action that do not require changes to the application, decision-making or service delivery, where those changes offer value, are deliverable and useful regardless of any longer-term changes


  • Edel Harris OBE, Chair



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