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Children: Disabled

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of disabled children who are waiting for (a) assessment and (b) reassessment in relation to direct payments, in each local authority area. (174563)

There is no information collected or estimates made regarding the number of disabled children waiting for (a) assessment or (b) reassessment for direct payments. However, data are collected on the number of disabled children aged 16-17, and the number of carers of disabled children, receiving direct payments at 31 March each year. The most recent data available are for 31 March 2006, and show that 649 children and 4,170 carers were receiving these payments in England. These data are also available by local authority, and have been placed in the House of Commons Library.