To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what plans he has to introduce measures to ensure that individuals who qualify for mobility allowance will continue to receive this allowance beyond their 75th birthday;(2) what plans he has to ensure that pensioners, over 65 years of age, who otherwise would qualify for mobility allowance, will not be disqualified on grounds of age.
Mobility allowance can be paid only if the claim is made before age 66. However, people who have applied for and been awarded mobility allowance can continue to get it until age 80.There are no plans to change the existing rules as it is intended to replace mobility allowance with a new disability living allowance.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in Northern Ireland received mobility allowance in each year since 1985; and how many applications for mobility allowance were turned down in each of the years.
The information requested is as follows:
Number of recipients
Number of claims disallowed