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Disability Living Allowance: Chronically Sick

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed the higher rate care component of disability living allowance on the ground of terminal illness in 2007-08, broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available. (241074)

We do not collect statistics on the number of disability living allowance claimants who are terminally ill. The available information about the number of disability living allowance claimants with the highest rate care component who have claimed under the special rules applicable to people who are terminally ill and not expected to live for more than six months is in the table.

Disability living allowance claimants with the highest rate care component on the grounds of terminal illness in 2007-08

May 2007

August 2007

November 20071

February 2008

May 2008

North East

2,400

2,600

2,600

2,700

North West

7,800

7,800

7,900

7,500

Yorkshire and the Humber

4,700

4,700

4,500

3,900

East Midlands

3,300

3,300

3,200

3,100

West Midlands

4,300

4,400

4,000

3,800

East of England

3,700

3,600

3,800

3,400

London

6,200

6,500

6,100

5,200

South East

4,900

5,100

5,100

4,600

South West

3,600

3,500

3,500

3,400

Wales

3,100

3,300

2,900

2,900

Scotland

4,400

4,300

4,200

4,000

1 Data for November 2007 is not available.

Notes:

1. Although the preferred data source for benefit statistics is 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study, the 5 per cent. sample data has been used in this case because it provides some detail not yet available from the 100 per cent. data sources, in particular, it identifies those claiming under the Special Rules.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

3. Figures show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample.