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Disability Living Allowance

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many awards of disability living allowance were made to people whose main disabling condition was cancer in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the average waiting time was for such an award to be made in that period. (316776)

[holding answer 10 February 2010]: The following table provides information on cases in payment where the main disabling condition is recorded as malignant disease and which includes cancer, carcinoma and leukaemia.

We do not record the average waiting time for a disability living allowance award where the main disabling condition was cancer.

Disability cases in payment where the main disabling condition is recorded as malignant disease, May 2009





1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 and have been uprated to be consistent with Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study data.

2. Figures show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.

3. Where more than one disability is present only the main disabling condition is recorded.

4. A diagnosed medical condition does not mean that someone is automatically entitled to disability living allowance. Entitlement is dependent on an assessment of how much help someone needs with personal care and/or mobility because of their disability. These statistics are only collected for administrative purposes.


Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample.