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The assessment criteria for registered blind/severely visually impaired people applying for Adult Disability Payment: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

FOI Reference: FOI/202400413728
Date received: 13 May 2024
Date responded: 31 May 2024

Information Requested

The criteria for registered blind/severely visually impaired adults applying for the high rate (mobility and care) Adult Disability Payment (Scotland).


There are no specific criteria in place for those who are blind/severely visually impaired and applying for Adult Disability Payment; anyone applying with a disability or long term physical or mental health condition are assessed by the same activities, there are ten activities for Daily Living and two for the Mobility component.

All of the information you have requested is available from:

Adult Disability Payment -

which explains what Adult Disability Payment is, how we look at both Daily Living and Mobility activities and that the amount a client is awarded depends on how their condition affects their ability to do everyday activities and to get around


Social Security Scotland - Decision Making Guide

This link takes you to our published Adult Disability Payment Decision Making Guide, which provides further information around the individual activities and the descriptor choices that can be made by a case manager when considering an individual’s ability to manage the Daily Living and Mobility activities.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

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