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Carers’ Benefits

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the change in expenditure on (a) disability living allowance (care component), (b) attendance allowance and (c) carer's allowance payments after they became exportable within the European economic area; (247060)

(2) what estimate he has made of the change in the number of claimants of (a) disability living allowance (care component), (b) attendance allowance and (c) carer's allowance payments after they became exportable within the European economic area;

(3) with reference to the written ministerial statement of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 68WS, on disability benefits (European Court of Justice), what progress has been made in discussions with the European Commission to clarify the extent of the Government's responsibilities following the judgment in the European Court of Justice of 18 October 2007.

We set out the entitlement conditions for those customers who are eligible to export an existing award of disability living allowance care component, attendance allowance or carer’s allowance on the Directgov website in April 2008. This can be found at:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/FinancialSupport/Introductiontofinancialsupport/DG_073387.

The increase in expenditure is very difficult to predict. Our estimates indicate that, at most, this will result in an increase in the number of customers and benefit expenditure as set out in the following table.

Estimated maximum expenditure (£ million)

Estimated maximum caseload

Disability living allowance

30

20,000

Attendance allowance

10

1

Carers allowance

10

1

Total

50

20,000

1Equals less than 5,000 and therefore equals zero when rounded to the nearest 10,000

Note:

These estimates relate to 2010-11 because this is assumed to be the first full year following full implementation of the judgement.

We expect to set out entitlement conditions for those wishing to claim from abroad shortly. The directgov website will be updated at that time.