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Disability Living Allowance: Tamworth

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance in Tamworth constituency gave a severe visual impairment as a reason for claiming. (282430)

The available information is in the following table:

Disability living allowance cases in payment where blindness/visual disorder is recorded as the main disabling condition, November 2008

Number

Tamworth parliamentary constituency

10

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. From October 2008 the way in which the disabling condition is recorded on the live system changed. Disabling conditions are now recorded as primary and secondary, (previously recorded as disability care and mobility codes). For existing cases a mapping exercise was carried out which assigned disability care code to primary disabling condition and disability mobility code to secondary condition. Information Directorate has updated the methodology used to derive main disabling condition to reflect this change in the live system. The old category D08 (blindness) is now subdivided into a range of more specific condition codes. These are referred to by the over-arching title “Visual Disorder”. 3. The preferred data source for benefit statistics is 100% Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study. However, the 5 per cent. sample data are generally the preferred source for analysis on disabling condition as information is more complete for disabling condition on the 5 per cent. sample (some recipients of disability living allowance who transferred from the attendance allowance system may not have been allocated a specific disabling condition code. This problem can be corrected on the sample data but not on the WPLS data. The number of cases affected is decreasing over time). In this case the WPLS data have been used as some of the caseload figures produced are very small and so would have a high level of statistical variation should the sample data have been used. Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.