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Child Disability Payment Scotland - How much Child Disability Payment will I get?

Child Disability Payment is a Scottish benefit for children with disabilities.

How much Child Disability Payment will I get?

Child Disability Payment has a Care Component and a Mobility Component. Your child might be awarded just a Care Component, or just a Mobility Component, or both components.

Getting Child Disability Payment can entitled you to other help.

Care Component

The Care Component can be paid at three different rates:

Lowest rate - £26.90 per week

This applies if your child needs:

  • substantially more care or supervision than a child of the same age who doesn't have your child's disabilities would need, and
  • attention from another person for at least around an hour per day.

Middle rate - £68.10 per week

This applies if your child needs:

  • substantially more care or supervision than a child of the same age who doesn't have your child's disabilities would need, and:
    • frequent attention throughout the day or prolonged attention throughout the night with 'bodily functions', for example  eating, washing, getting dressed and going to the toilet. These care needs can also include help which allows your child to take part in social activities; or
    • continual supervision throughout the day or another person to be awake for prolonged periods or frequent intervals at night, in order to avoid substantial danger to the child or other people.
  • or your child gets renal dialysis either during the day or at night at least twice a week. 

Highest rate care - £101.75 per week

The highest rate care component applies if your child needs:

  • substantially more care or supervision than a child of the same age who doesn't have your child's disabilities would need, and:
    • frequent attention throughout the day with 'bodily functions', for example eating, washing, getting dressed and going to the toilet. These care needs can also include help which allows your child to take part in social activities; or continual supervision throughout the day in order to avoid substantial danger to the child or other people; and
    • prolonged attention throughout the night with 'bodily functions', for example  eating, washing, getting dressed and going to the toilet. These care needs can also include help which allows your child to take part in social activities; or another person to be awake for prolonged periods or frequent intervals at night, in order to avoid substantial danger to the child or other people.
  • or your child gets renal dialysis both during the day and at night at least twice a week.
  • or your child is terminally ill. Terminal illness has a different definition for Child Disability Payment than it does for Disability Living Allowance. A child will be considered terminally ill if, in the opinion of their doctor or nurse, they have a progressive disease which can reasonably be expected to cause their death.

Mobility Component

The Mobility Component can be paid at two different rates.

Low rate mobility - £26.90 per week

This applies if your child:

  • is aged 5 or over, and
  • can walk with or without equipment, but needs supervision or guidance from another person to move around outside. They must need substantially more supervision than a child of the same age who doesn't have your child's disabilities would need.

High rate mobility - £71.00 per week

This applies if your child is:

  • aged three or over, and
    • terminally ill. Terminal illness has a different definition for Child Disability Payment than it does for Disability Living Allowance. A child will be considered terminally ill if, in the opinion of their doctor or nurse, they have a progressive disease which can reasonably be expected to cause their death, or
    • cannot walk, or is virtually unable to move around outside, or 
    • has a severe visual disability, or is both blind and deaf, or
    • has no legs or feet (regardless of whether they use artificial limbs), or
    • walking would be so tiring for them that it would harm their health, or
    • they get the high rate care component, and have a severe mental impairment with severe behavioural difficulties which makes their behaviour disruptive and means they need someone to intervene to prevent them hurting themselves or anyone else.

Help you can get if your child is awarded Child Disability Payment

Carers' support

If your child is awarded the Care Component at middle or high rate, you or someone who provides care for the child might be able to get Carer's Allowance and the Carer's Element of Universal Credit.

If someone aged 16, 17 or 18 provides care for the child who has been awarded Child Disability Payment, they might be able to get a Young Carers Grant.

Extra bedroom

If your child is awarded high rate or middle rate care, and their disability means they cannot share a bedroom with another child, you might be entitled to help with the rent costs for an extra bedroom.

Child disability element of Universal Credit

If your child is awarded Child Disability Payment at any rate, you will get the lower rate disabled child element of Universal Credit.

If your child is awarded Child Disability Payment highest rate Care Component, you will get the high rate disabled child element of Universal Credit.

You will need to report to Universal Credit that your child has been awarded Child Disability Payment.

Extra help if you're on the old benefits system

If you're getting tax credits, Pension Credit, or Housing Benefit, you might be able to get extra money if your child is awarded Child Disability Payment. Contact whoever pays your benefits to tell them that your child has been awarded Child Disability Payment.

Child Winter Heating Assistance

If your child is awarded the highest rare care component of Child Disability Payment, you will be entitled to Winter Heating Assistance.

Motability

If your child is awarded the high rate Mobility Component, you will be able to use the component to lease a vehicle, scooter or powered wheelchair.

Vehicle Tax Exemption

If your child is awarded the high rate mobility component, you can apply for a vehicle that is used for the child's needs to be exempt from Vehicle Tax.

Updated: April 2023

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