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Disability Living Allowance

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new Disability Living Allowance claims were processed between April 2006 and January 2007; how many were (a) rejected, (b) rejected or reduced following medical evidence and (c) appealed, broken down by the result of the appeal. (155900)

Between April 2006 and January 2007, there were 350,400 decisions made on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) new claims. 187,480 new claims were refused and of these 117,854 were rejected or refused following medical evidence. The available information about the number of claims that were appealed is in the following table.

DLA appeals broken down by type of award: April 2006 to January 2007

Number

Withdrawn after submission

5,476

Award reduced

217

Award reduced—care to low rate

27

Award reduced—Mobility to low rate

17

Award reduced—care and mobility to low rate

5

Award maintained

25,711

Award varied

528

Award increased

6,400

Lapsed

7,198

Allowed

17,277

Defective

202

Superseded

68

Disallowed

893

Misconceived

132

Source:

Disability and Carers' Service report: RAA/RDA 60205-60209

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of disability living allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. (156715)

The available information is in the following tables.

Disability living allowance—cases in payment

May each year

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

Jarrow Parliamentary Constituency

4,200

4,500

4,300

4,400

4,800

5,010

South Tyneside Council

8,000

8,400

8,300

8,500

9,200

9,230

North East Government Office Region

130,800

138,100

141,000

143,900

149,800

151,780

Great Britain

1,941,900

2,054,600

2,121,900

2,193,100

2,306,400

2,424,350

May each yearFebruary

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Jarrow Parliamentary Constituency

5,100

5,180

5,270

5,360

5,470

South Tyneside Council

9,440

9,580

9,730

9,900

10,160

North East Government Office Region

155,630

157,130

158,760

159,910

163,170

Great Britain

2,547,090

2,644,280

2,729,720

2,799,160

2,860,790

Notes:

1. Totals show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.

2. Figures for May 2002—February 2007 are taken from the DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

3. Figures for May 2002—February 2007 are rounded to the nearest 10. Some additional disclosure control has also been applied.

4. Figures for May 1997—May 2001 are taken from the Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample.

5. Figures for May 1997—May 2001 are rated in line with WPLS totals and rounded to the nearest 100. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many terminally ill people are receiving disability living allowance. (156724)

[holding answer 11 October 2007]: At February 2007, around 50,200 terminally ill people were in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.