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Disability Living Allowance: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the (a) effectiveness and (b) administration of the disability living allowance. (201466)

[holding answer 24 April 2008]: Disability living allowance remains under continual review to ensure that it continues to provide help with the extra costs that people with disabilities face.

We are also continually monitoring the way that disability living allowance is administered to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our customers.

The introduction of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service will enable us to provide a more integrated and seamless service. We will be introducing a wider programme of reviews and interventions, and will continue to provide improved training for decision-making staff to help ensure the accuracy of disability living allowance awards.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made towards improving the accuracy of estimates for the take-up of disability living allowance amongst disabled people. (200784)

We commissioned the Policy Studies Institute to investigate possible methods of estimating take-up of disability living allowance. Its initial feasibility study was published in July 2007, “The take-up rate of Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance: Feasibility study” DWP report 442 and recommended a survey-based approach, subject to further development and testing of the feasibility. Since then we have commissioned the Policy Studies Institute to continue this approach and work is currently ongoing.