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Disability Living Allowance

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [pursuant to his answer of 15 May to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mrs. Clark), Official Report, columns 407–08W, on Disability Living Allowance, how many people are eligible for Disability Living Allowance; how much has been spent on Disability Living Allowance in each year since 1996; and if he will make a statement. [116043]

As regards eligibility, I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 22 May, Official Report, Vol 406, Col 49W. At the end of November 2002, the latest date for which such information is available, some 2.44 million people in Great Britain were receiving Disability Living Allowance1. The requested information about expenditure is in the table.

1 Source:

Disability Care and Mobility benefits—November 2002 Quarterly Statistical Enquiry.

published annual targets for each major business, addressing accuracy. unit costs and customer service, becoming progressively more demanding over the three-year period." Details of its application to each of DWP's Businesses are published in their individual Business Plans and are available in the Library. Details of the unit costs targets have still to be finalised and will be published separately.