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Child Disability Payment is "encouraging sign" for Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick


By Federica Stefani

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Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick.
Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick.

A HIGHLAND MSP has welcomed a new financial benefit introduced by the Scottish Government for families of children with a disability.

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick said she was 'delighted' of the rollout of the Child Disability Payment.

For the first time anywhere in the UK, disability benefit applicants can apply for Child Disability Payment online, as well as by phone, post, or face-to-face.

This is the first of three complex disability benefits to be introduced by the Scottish Government, with Adult Disability Payment to start next year.

Ms Roddick said: “I am delighted that there is now a wider range of options to apply for disability benefits.

“This process must be both accessible and inclusive.

“I have helped many friends, constituents, and others with the arduous application process for DWP benefits.

“That this help will be less stressful to access is an encouraging sign of things to come with the Adult Disability Payment.

“Folk often forget that younger people can be disabled too, so the fact that this is the first of three disability payments that the Scottish Government is implementing will do wonders in challenging that assumption.”

The Child Disability Payment – the first of three disability payments to be introduced by the Scottish Government – will replace the UK Government’s Disability Allowance for children.

Applications can be made here: www.gov.scot/news/child-disability-payment-opens-for-applications/ or by calling 0800 182 2222.

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