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Disability Benefits

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress has been made in identifying an effective method of measuring the take-up of disability benefits. (108701)

The assessment of eligibility for disability living allowance and attendance allowance is more complex than for other benefits as it involves a detailed judgment of each individual's personal care and mobility needs.

The Department has, therefore, commissioned a feasibility study to establish whether a methodology can be developed that will provide an accurate and robust estimate of the levels of take up of these benefits.

The study is being conducted by the Policy Studies Institute and a report of the results of the first stage is planned to be available in spring 2007. Decisions on whether it is appropriate to move to the second stage of this three stage study will be based on the findings in that report.