Devolved social security benefits: stakeholder engagement toolkit

Overview of the delivery of devolved benefits, delivery timetable, factsheets and information on spreading the word about devolved benefits.

Delivery Timetable

What is happening next and when?

Due to the impact on the Scottish Government, Social Security Scotland and all of our public services of managing Scotland through the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to take the extremely difficult decision to delay the launch of Scottish Disability Assistance. The Department for Work and Pensions will deliver disability benefits on behalf of Scottish Ministers for existing and new Scottish clients over a longer transition period in order to ensure people continue to get the financial support they are entitled to. We are currently undertaking a Programme-wide re-planning process to determine a firm delivery timetable for the benefits that have not yet transferred. The dates listed as ‘TBC’ will be updated to reflect the new delivery dates when they are available.



Summer 2020

Job Start Payment


Independent social security advocacy support will be available.


Child Disability Payment will open to new claims (replaces Disability Living Allowance for children).


Eligibility for Child Disability Payment extended from age 16 to age 18.

Christmas 2020

Scottish Child Payment (under 6s)

By end 2020

Children who receive the highest care component of Disability Assistance become entitled to Winter Heating Assistance (16,000 children; £200 payment).


Adult Disability Payment will open to new claims (replaces UK Government's Personal Independence Payment).


Start new additional payment for carers who look after more than one disabled child.


Pension Age Disability Payment (over 65) will open to new claims (replaces Attendance Allowance).


Winter Heating Assistance and Cold Spell Heating Assistance delivered to eligible recipients in their current form and to those in receipt of assistance from Social Security Scotland.


Scottish Carer's Allowance opens to new claims


Employment Injury Assistance


Scottish Child Payment (all children under 16)



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