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Disability Living Allowance: Mentally Ill

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances someone with a mental health problem might receive the mobility component of disability living allowance. (233813)

Entitlement to disability living allowance is not linked to particular disabling conditions, but is based on the extent to which a severely disabled person has personal care needs and/or walking difficulties as a result of their disability. People with a mental health problem are therefore able to claim the care component or mobility component of disability living allowance if they have such needs or difficulties.

The mobility component to disability living allowance is paid at one of two rates. Entitlement to the higher rate mobility component is broadly based on whether someone has a physical disablement which makes them unable or virtually unable to walk or is deemed to be treated as satisfying those conditions of entitlement. Entitlement to the lower rate mobility component is broadly based on whether someone requires guidance or supervision from another person when out of doors on unfamiliar routes. People with mental health problems are among the groups of disabled people who are likely to benefit from the lower rate mobility component.