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Attendance Allowance

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many applications for (a) a higher rate, and (b) a lower rate and formerly single rate attendance allowance have been made in each year since 1971; and what proportion of these have been granted (i) on application, and (ii) after an appeal.

Claims are made for attendance allowance as such, and not for the higher rate or the lower rate. Details of the number of claims decided and of the decisions given on review for each of the years since 1971 are set out in the following table. It is not meaningful to quote reviews as a proportion of either claims, awards or rejections, as people apply for a review not only because they are dissatisfied with the initial decision, or an earlier review decision, but also because their attendance needs have changed since the earlier decision (which may have been made years before).

ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE CLAIMS AND REVIEWS

Claims decided

Reviews

Year

Higher rate

Lower rate*

Rejections

Total

Columns (2) plus (3) as percentage of Column (5)

Increased to Higher rate

Lower rate*

Decision unchanged

Total

Columns(7)plus(8)as percentage of Column (10)

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

197147,33234,81582,14757·64,8001,4006,20077·4
197245,78456647,09593,44549·68,47024011,74020,45042·6
197344,94537,31234,322116,57970·64,1102,6903,45010,25066·3
197435,99940,72422,67399,39677·22,5332,8913,2058,62962·9
197533,06137,89622,97593,93275·53,5862,5713,7239,88062·3
197632,96543,55930,073106,59771·84,8913,0984,63812,62763·3

* The lower rate was introduced in stages during 1973 although claims were accepted from 15th November 1972.