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Pensioners: Disabled

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate she has made of the average income of a recipient of (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance who is over 65 years or over. (309336)

In 2007-08 the median income of individuals in receipt of attendance allowance was £12,900 per year and the median income of disability living allowance recipients aged 65 years or over was £12,200 per year. However, to look at the living standards of recipients of disability living allowance and attendance allowance, it is more appropriate to use equivalised household incomes (where household incomes are adjusted for household size and composition) as presented in the Department for Work and Pensions Households Below Average Income report. Results on this basis are given in the following table:

Median equivalised annual household incomes of household containing recipients of attendance allowance and disability living allowance who are aged 65 or over

Median annual household income (£)


Before housing costs

After housing costs

Recipients of attendance allowance



Recipients of disability living allowance



All households with someone aged 65 or over



Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £100. 2. The Family Resources Survey is a nationally representative sample of approximately 26,000 households. Since 2002-03, the Family Resources Survey has covered the whole of the United Kingdom. The Households Below Average Income series is sourced from the Family Resources Survey. 3. Data for 2007-08 were collected between April 2007 and March 2008. 4. The Family Resources Survey is known to under-record both incomes and benefit receipt so the estimates presented should be treated with caution. 5. The figures are based on a sample of households which have been adjusted for non-response using multi-purpose grossing factors which align the Family Resources Survey to Government office region population by age and sex. Estimates are subject to sampling error and remaining non-response error. 6. Attendance allowance and disability living allowance amounts have been included as income. 7. The Households Below Average Income series uses disposable household income, adjusted (or ‘equivalised’) for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living. For the Households Below Average Income series, incomes have been equivalised using Organisations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) equivalisation factors. Sources: 1. The Family Resources Survey 2007-08. 2. Households Below Average Income report 2007-08.