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Social Security Benefits

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 February 2009 on disability benefits, what his estimate is of the effect on the number of people claiming (a) disability living allowance (care component), (b) attendance allowance and (c) carer's allowance of the European Court of Justice's decision to reclassify these benefits as sickness benefits; and if he will make a statement. (259584)

The effect on the number of people claiming the disability benefits is very difficult to predict. Our estimates indicate that this will result in an increase in the number of customers as set out in the following table:

Benefit

Estimated caseload

Disability Living Allowance

20,000

Attendance Allowance

1

Carers Allowance

1

Total

20,000

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

Notes:

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