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Disability Living Allowance

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of disability living allowance have had the mobility component of their allowance amended from the higher rate to the lower rate in the last 12 months. (274378)

In the year to November 2008, 4,470 disability living allowance recipients were recorded as having higher mobility award in payment which was subsequently reduced to a lower rate mobility award.


1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. The figure quoted shows the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and excludes people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.

3. The number of recipients to have moved from a higher to a lower rate mobility award over the 12 month period was derived by identifying those people on consecutive scans whose mobility rate had changed from higher to lower in each available quarter i.e. November 2007 to February 2008, February 2008 to May 2008, May 2008 to August 2008 and August 2008 to November 2008. This is an approximation and will include, for example, some who leave disability living allowance and make a second successful claim within the quarter at the lower rate, and those on the higher rate whose level of award is reviewed and revised to the lower rate from the start of the claim.


DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.