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Social Security Benefits: Disabled

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of adults with autism claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) incapacity benefit. (244041)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average clearance time for disability living allowance claims was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and how many claims were cleared in a period longer than the average in each year. (244100)

Information about the actual average clearance time for disability living allowance (DLA) new claims is in the following table:

DLA new claims actual average clearance times

Days

2006-07

2007-08

Achievement

36.8

36.0

Target

39

38

Source:

DLA/AA Legacy computer system

Information about the number of DLA new claims cleared in a period longer than the average for these years is not available.