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Disability Living Allowance

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of disability living allowance claims were rejected in the first instance in the latest period for which figures are available; and of this percentage how many of these cases were overturned on appeal. (163330)

In 2006-07 53 per cent. of disability living allowance new claims received were unsuccessful. Information about the percentage of these cases that were overturned on appeal is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the levels of higher rate of (a) disability and (b) mobility allowance were in each year since 2002. (165977)

The information is in the following table.

Disability living allowance higher rates

£

As at 1 April each year

Highest rate care

Higher rate mobility

2002

56.25

39.30

2003

57.20

39.95

2004

58.80

41.05

2005

60.60

42.30

2006

62.25

43.45

2007

64.50

45.00

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give consideration to extending winter fuel payments to include all severely disabled people in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance. (165980)

Winter fuel payments are paid to older people as a once a year lump sum payment in advance of winter heating bills. Generally, severely disabled people need help for their additional costs, which may include extra heating, all year round and not just in the winter months. Help is available for severely disabled people through the care and mobility components in disability living allowance and the disability premiums in the income-related benefits which have a substantially higher annual value than the winter fuel payment and are spread over a 52-week period. We always keep WFP under review.