Adult Disability Payment: Consultation on the Mobility Component: Easy Read

The Scottish Government's consultation on the mobility component of Adult Disability Payment gives people the opportunity to give their views on the eligibility criteria. The findings will inform the independent review of Adult Disability Payment commencing later this year.

Section 3: Support for people with fluctuating conditions

Health conditions and disabilities can fluctuate which means people have good days and bad days.

We have made guidance for fluctuating conditions.

If someone meets a criteria on more than half of their days, they get that number of points.

If they meet two criteria over more than half their days they get whichever scores them the most points.

If they meet some criteria on different days that add up to more than half their days, they get the number of points they score on the most days. Or, if they meet different criteria for the same number of days, they get the criteria that scores the highest number of points.

Question 5

Do you think that the fluctuating conditions criteria are easy to understand?

Yes No Don't Know

Why do you think that?

How could we make the fluctuating conditions criteria easier to understand?

What people have told us about fluctuating conditions

People have told us that PIP did not consider fluctuating conditions enough and that eligibility criteria were too hard to understand.

People told us using an average day was not helpful for severely disabled people when considering eligibility.

People told us it is best to consider symptoms on a bad day instead of a good day.

Question 6

Are there any other things about the fluctuating conditions criteria we haven't written about above you think we should know?

Yes No Don't Know

What are they?

What are the good things about the fluctuating conditions criteria that we haven't written about above?

Improvements made to the application form

We have made the application form work for disabled people by giving clearer guidance.

We have included pictures to help people understand what the words we use mean.

We have included prompts on our application form to help people understand the questions better.

Question 7

How useful do you think the application form is at helping us understand a person's mobility needs?

Very good


Somewhat good

Not very good

Not very good at all

Please tell us why you think this.

How we make decisions

We have made guidance on how to understand the eligibility criteria for Adult Disability Payment.

Guidance is available for staff in Social Security Scotland and for people applying for Adult Disability Payment.

We usually only need one piece of supporting information from a formal source. This can be someone like as a doctor or support worker.

People will only be invited to a consultation if we need more information to make a decision for an Adult Disability Payment application.

In Personal Independence Payment, an assessor can make assumptions about a person's condition when the person applying is not there.

An assumption is when the assessor has an opinion about a person's condition without asking the person or the person's medical professional.

In Adult Disability Payment, a Practitioner will only be able to make an assumption about a person's condition when the person applying is there.

A Practitioner is an experienced medical or social care professional who works for Social Security Scotland to carry out consultations.

Question 8

What impact do you think these changes to how we make decisions has on understanding a person's mobility needs?

Very good impact

Good impact

No impact

Bad impact

Very bad impact

Please tell us why you think this.



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