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Disability Assistance for Working Age People (Transitional Provisions and Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2022: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

A child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) to consider the impacts of the Disability Assistance for Working Age People (Transitional Provisions and Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2022


Policy

10. The Scottish Minsters have developed a safe and secure process for these individuals' awards, which will require no action on behalf of the individual wherever possible, and has been designed in line with the following case transfer principles:

  • no individual will be required to re-apply for their benefit;
  • after Adult Disability Payment is launched nationally individuals will, wherever possible, be transferred before they are required to undergo a DWP face-to-face assessment
  • individuals will continue to receive the right payment, at the right time; and
  • we will complete the case transfer process as soon as possible while ensuring it is safe and secure.

11. The eligibility criteria for Adult Disability Payment differs from the eligibility criteria for Disability Living Allowance and broadly aligns with the eligibility criteria for Personal Independence Payment. However, the Scottish Government has made improvements to the application process, the way awards are made, and the collection of supporting information about an individual's disability or health condition, to make the processes involved in assessing entitlement for Adult Disability Payment less onerous and to improve decision-making. The Scottish Government has also introduced a new individual consultation service to aid the decision making process. This will be substantially different from the assessments used to determine entitlement to Personal Independence Payment by the Department for Work and Pensions.

12. To facilitate a safe and secure transfer, the regulations provide that the initial determination without application of entitlement to Adult Disability Payment, the transfer determination, must set the individual's award level for Adult Disability Payment at the equivalent rate as they are currently receiving for Disability Living Allowance. This applies regardless of whether the individual would otherwise meet the eligibility rules for those components of the Adult Disability Payment mobility and daily living components. Because there are three rates of care component for Disability Living Allowance but only two for Adult Disability Payment, the regulations also make provision for the introduction of a transitional daily living component within Adult Disability Payment for the purposes of these transfer determinations only. The determination of the individual's entitlement to Adult Disability Payment will also end the corresponding award of Personal Independence Payment.

13. A further review determination will be made of an individual's entitlement to Adult Disability Payment after the individual has been transferred onto Adult Disability Payment. This review will consider the individual's entitlement against the usual criteria for the mobility and daily living components of Adult Disability Payment and take into consideration any relevant change of circumstance that triggered the transfer or was reported to the Department of Work and Pensions during the transfer window. This process will likely require the gathering of additional evidence and information from the individual and supporting sources. This is because of the differing eligibility criteria and because records for these transferring individuals are all paper based and have not been reviewed since prior to 08 April 2013. Through our experience panels, we also heard that some people with Working Age Disability Living Allowance awards have avoided reporting a relevant change of circumstances out of fear of having to apply for Personal Independence Payment and undergo a DWP face-to-face assessment. There may, therefore be a number of individuals who are currently on a lower rate of award than they are entitled to. The review will ensure each individuals entitlement is consider on the basis of their current condition using the most up to date information.

14. This review determination will occur as soon as reasonably practicable after the transfer process is completed, and within 12 months of the issue of the notice of intention to transfer. It is anticipated that the majority of individuals will see their award increase or remain the same as a result of this review. If the individual's award increases, the increase will be apply from the date of the transfer determination. If an individual's award is decreased following the review, the change will only take effect from the date the decision is made. There will, therefore, be no overpayment the person could be asked to repay. Short-term assistance will be available to individuals during the re-determination and appeals process, where they have had a decrease or nil award, to avoid financial hardship.

Contact

Email: Mhairi.Wilson@gov.scot

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