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Attendance Allowance

Volume 35: debated on Wednesday 19 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many awards of attendance allowance were made in the last year for which figures are available and in each of the preceding two years nationally and in each social security region; and if he will break each figure down by the length of time for which the awards were made.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 December 1982, c. 592-i]: The information available is as follows. I regret that a regional breakdown could only be obtained at disproportionate expense.

Awards of attendance allowance (new and renewal claims) 1979–81

Duration of award (years)

1981

1980

1979

Less than one1,8902,4433,412
One less than two12,85311,99410,998
Two less than three14,59012,80810,427
Three less than four5,4885,2594,790
Four less than five2,1862,4662,369
Five and over7,6987,3976,795
Life*96,08790,59481,936
Totals140,792132,961120,727

Attendance Allowance Awards

*

At 31 December 1981

At 30 September 1980

At 30 September 1979

Higher Rate

Lower Rate

Higher Rate

Lower Rate

Higher Rate

Lower Rate

Region

Number Rate†

Number Rate†

Number Rate†

Number Rate†

Number Rate†

Number Rate†

in receipt

in receipt

in receipt

in receipt

in receipt

in receipt

Northern8,0002·711,0003·77,0002·410,0003·47,0002·39,5003·2
Yorkshire and Humberside11,5002·318,0003·610,0002·014,5002·99,5001·914,0002·8
East Midlands and East Anglia16,5003·019,0003·413,5002·415,0002·712,5002·314,0002·6
London North9,5001·815,0002·89,0001·712,5002·48,5001·612,5002·4
London West12,0002·217,0003·010,0001·814,5002·612,0002·115,0002·7
London South17,0002·823,0003·714,5002·420,5003·415,5002·620,5003·3
South Western14,0003·217,5004·010,5002·417,0003·910,5002·514,5003·3
West Midlands14,5002·819,0003·711,5002·214,5002·811,0002·215,0002·9
North Western (Manchester)9,5002·814,0004·18,5002·511,5003·47,5002·210,5003·0
North Western (Merseyside)10,5003·215,0004·69,5002·912,5003·89,0002·711,5003·6
Wales13,5004·814,5005·212,0004·312,0004·311,0003·911,5004·2
Scotland11,5002·218,5003·611,0002·115,0002·910,0001·914,0002·8
Great Britain148,0002·7202,0003·7126,0002·3169,0003·1123,5002·3162,5003·0

* All figures quoted are estimates.

† per 1,000 population.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will list the number of applications for attendance allowance in the last year for which figures are available and in each of the preceding two years nationally and in each social security region; and in each case what proportion (a) were awarded (i) the higher rate and (ii) the lower rate on the initial application, (b) requested a review after (i) refusal of the allowance and (ii) award of the lower rate and (c) upon review were (i) awarded the lower rate, (ii) awarded the higher rate, (iii) had the lower rate increased to the higher rate and (iv) had the lower rate withdrawn;(2) if he will list the number of applications for renewal of attendance allowance in the last year for which figures

Attendance AllowanceInitial Decisions 1979–81
198119801979
Proportion awardedProportion awardedProportion awarded
RegionNumber of decisionsHigher rate per cent.Lower rate per cent.Number of decisionsHigher rate per cent.Lower rate per cent.Number of decisionsHigher rate per cent.Lower rate per cent.
Northern8,95426·134·98,87226·935·28,04526·935·0
Yorkshire and Humberside13,92724·542·412,39224·343·712,19925·541·2
East Midlands and East Anglia14,00135·347·712,78134·944·512,31333·941·0
London North10,10026·651·48,28424·551·57,63924·149·0
London South16,19130·450·115,56927·550·114,16527·648·1
London West10,05431·348·19,61632·347·89,69731·846·8
South Western13,49230·445·312,88530·445·411,56831·443·3
West Midlands13,13629·649·412,42826·947·011,22029·545·5
North Western (Manchester)10,10627·143·59,45328·544·38,26129·842·8
North Western (Merseyside)10,49632·443·99,92128·641·89,35526·737·3

* Includes awards to parents in respect of a disabled child up to the age of 16.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the number of people in receipt of attendance allowance at each rate at the latest date for which figures are available and on the equivalent date in each of the preceding two years; and if he will break down the figures by social security region and the rate per 1,000 population in each region.

[pursuant to his reply 22 December 1982, c. 592-ii]: The information is as follows:are available and in each of the preceding two years nationally and in each social security region; and if he will state in each case what proportion

(a) were awarded (i) the higher rate and (ii) the lower rate on the initial application, (b) requested a review after (i) refusal of the allowance and (ii) award of the lower rate and (c) upon review were (i) awarded the lower rate, (ii) awarded the higher rate, (iii) had the lower rate increased to the higher rate, and (iv) had the lower rate withdrawn.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 December 1982, c. 592-ii]: The information available is as follows. It relates to decisions given in the relevant years, not to the results of claims made in those years.

1981

1980

1979

Proportion awarded

Proportion awarded

Proportion awarded

Region

Number of decisions

Higher rate per cent.

Lower rate per cent.

Number of decisions

Higher rate per cent.

Lower rate per cent.

Number of decisions

Higher rate per cent.

Lower rate per cent.

Scotland14,82122·738·613,20923·739·411,56526·938·9
Wales13,35926·932·413,52626·632·612,24727·130·4
Total148,63728·644·1138,93627·943·6128,27428·541·7

Attendance AllowanceRenewal Decisions 1979–81

1981

1980

1979

Proportion awarded

Proportion awarded

Proportion awarded

Region

Number of decisions

Higher rate per cent.

Lower rate per cent.

Number of decisions

Higher rate per cent.

Lower rate per cent.

Number of decisions

Higher rate per cent.

Lower rate per cent.

Northern1,95636·051·71,99533·352·81,99632·856·9
Yorkshire and Humberside2,92430·657·72,91028·158·92,62127·861·9
East Midlands and East Anglia3,39537·058·33,74243·850·02,97342·550·4
London North2,76533·860·42,85630·462·92,32926·866·0
London South3,87431·660·34,25233·258·63,67636·959·4
London West2,35236·455·42,63236·057·52,34636·157·5
South Western2,35836·353·42,90631·858·42,38135·857·8
West Midlands3,56336·854·34,02029·658·03,38335·756·1
North Western (Manchester)2,30936·152·62,52935·055·12,28935·257·6
North Western (Merseyside)2,59238·455·22,50634·656·22,18731·259·1
Scotland2,79733·055·92,48825·961·32,20425·963·5
Wales2,46241·147·92,91637·149·12,37042·148·1
Total33,34735·455·735,75233·456·630,85534·357·9

Attendance AllowanceReview Decisions on Dissatisfaction with Earlier Decision*1981

Requests for review

Results of reviews

Region

Reviews requested after refusal of award, as per cent. of all decisions

Reviews requested after award of lower rate, as per cent. of all decisions

Awards made‡ after disallowance, as per cent. of all decisions

Awards increased from lower rate to higher rate, as per cent. of all decisions

Allowance withdrawn/reduced, as per cent. of all decisions

Northern5·81·43·61·10·01
Yorkshire and Humberside4·21·32·71·00·01
East Midlands and East Anglia2·11·01·20·70·01
London North3·51·72·11·30·01
London South2·61·41·81·00·01
London West3·11·62·01·20·02
South Western3·71·42·61·00·01
West Midlands3·01·31·81·00·02
North Western (Manchester)4·21·32·81·00·02
North Western (Merseyside)3·31·42·21·10·02
Scotland6·51·34·31·00·01
Wales6·71·44·41·00·01
Total4·01·42·61·00·01

* It is not possible to distinguish between reviews of decisions on initial claims and reviews of decisions on renewal claims.

† Details are not available prior to 1981.
‡ It is not possible to distinguish between reviews which led to an award at the lower rate and those which led to an award at the higher rate.
║ It is not possible to distinguish between reviews which led to the withdrawal of the allowance and those which led to a reduction from higher rate to lower rate.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the number of reviews of attendance allowance during the currency of an award in the last year for which figures are available and in each of the preceding two years nationally and in each social security region which were instituted (a) by him and (b)by the claimant; and if he will state in each case the proportion in which (i) the allowance was withdrawn, (ii) the existing award was retained, (iii) the higher rate was decreased to the lower rate and (iv) the lower rate was increased to the higher rate.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 December 1982, c. 592-ii]: The information available is as follows. Details are not available for the period before 1981 and are not yet available for 1982.

  • (a) 525 reviews of awards were made in 1981 following requests by the Secretary of State. The results were as follows-a regional breakdown is not available:
  • Proportion (per cent.)

    Award withdrawn40·4
    Award retained45·3
    Higher rate decreased to lower rate9·9
    Lower rate increased to higher rate4·4

    Reviews (1) of Attendance Allowance Awards in 1981

    Region

    Total Number of Reviews

    Per cent. in which award withdrawn/reduced (2)

    Per cent. in which award retained

    Per cent. in which award increased

    Northern7166·418·275·4
    Yorkshire and Humberside1,1045·321·373·4
    East Midlands and East Anglia9857·121·271·7
    London North8435·721·772·6
    London South1,3444·320·575·2
    London West1,0105·020·874·2
    South Western1,3394·620·674·8
    West Midlands1,0687·320·871·9
    North Western (Manchester)8825·118·876·1
    North Western (Merseyside)9384·419·176·5
    Scotland1,0134·222·473·4
    Wales1,0535·319·175·6
    Total12,2955·320·574·2
    (1) Details are of reviews sought because of dissatisfaction with the award of the lower rate—20 per cent. or a change in the claimant's need for attention or supervision since the original award was made—80 per cent.
    (2) It is not possible to identify reviews which resulted in the withdrawal of the award from those in which the award was reduced from higher rate to lower rate.