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Attendance Allowance

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in attendance allowance to residents of (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum, (c) Hertfordshire and (d) England in (i) 1980, (ii) 1997, (iii) 2001, (iv) 2005 and (v) 2008. (289405)

The available information is shown in the table.

Attendance allowance, expenditure: Cash terms

£ million

1980-81

1997-98

2001-02

2005-06

2008-09

Hemel Hempstead

2.9

3.8

5.9

6.9

Dacorum

4.2

5.4

8.2

9.6

Hertfordshire

36.4

46.1

63.2

74.4

England

2,073

2,566

3,200

3,929

Notes: 1. Figures are expressed in £ million and rounded to the nearest £100,000 for all areas except England which is rounded to the nearest £1 million. 2. Expenditure is in cash (nominal) terms. 3. Figures given for Hemel Hempstead represent the Hemel Hempstead parliamentary constituency. 4. Figures given for Dacorum represent Dacorum local authority. 5. Figures given for Hertfordshire represent the county of Hertfordshire which is made up of the following local authorities: Broxbourne, Dacorum, East Hertfordshire, Hertsmere, North Hertfordshire, St. Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield. 6. Expenditure for 1980 is not available for these areas. 7. Figures are consistent with benefit expenditure tables available on the DWP website through the following link: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp

Source: DWP statistical and accounting data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on proposals to abolish attendance allowance outlined in the recent Green Paper, “Shaping the future of care together”, in the last five months; and if she will make a statement. (292102)

The Department of Health’s Green Paper, “Shaping the Future of Care Together”, was a product of very close working between Government Ministers across a number of Departments, including the Secretary of State for Health and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.