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Social Security Benefits: Disabled

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were claiming (a) incapacity benefit and (b) disability living allowance when their primary health problem or condition was alcohol-related in each of the last 10 years; and how many such claimants were (i) under 18 years and (ii) over state pension age in each of those years. (269050)

Causes of incapacity are based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, published by the World Health Organisation. To qualify for incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance, claimants have to undertake a medical assessment of incapacity for work which is called the personal capability assessment. Therefore, the medical condition recorded on the incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claim form does not itself confer entitlement to incapacity benefits. For example, the decision for a customer claiming incapacity benefit on the grounds of alcohol related conditions would be based on their ability to carry out the range of activities in the personal capability assessment.

The information for disability living allowance is not collated centrally.

The available information for incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance is in the table.

Incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants, by gender and age, with alcohol related disabling condition in each of the last 10 years

All alcohol related

Aged under 18

Over pension age

1999

33,760

20

40

2000

36,750

20

20

2001

39,390

10

20

2002

41,910

20

20

2003

44,210

20

20

2004

46,660

20

20

2005

48,390

30

20

2006

49,870

30

20

2007

52,090

20

20

2008

53,980

20

30

Notes:

1. Case load figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Data are at August in each year.

3. State pension age is defined as age 60 or over for women and age 65 or over for men.

4. For the purposes of incapacity benefit only one diagnosis is recorded but an individual may have other conditions that contribute to their overall level of

functional impairment.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.