The Scottish Government has published detailed facts and figures in relation to the welfare powers to be devolved to Scotland, including information related to the numbers of people currently in receipt of each devolved benefit and how much is currently spent in the different welfare areas in Scotland.
Nearly £1.5bn was spent on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in 2014 and 78% of people in receipt of the benefit received both the care and mobility components. While Scotland’s figures for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) claimants are not yet available, UK-wide figures indicate that just 58% of people are in receipt of both the daily living and mobility components. Psychiatric disorders are the most common qualifying conditions for PIP, while the most common conditions for DLA are arthritis and learning disabilities.
The publication also includes figures related to Discretionary Housing Payments, Attendance Allowance, Carers Allowance, cold weather payments, Severe Disablement Allowance, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and regulated social fund payments.
In their new Voices from the Frontline report, Citizens Advice Scotland has called for the migration of people from DLA to PIP to be halted in Scotland until the new powers are fully devolved, a call which is supported by GCVS and a growing number of third sector organisations across the country.
Source: Scottish Government