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Social Security Benefits: Dundee

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Dundee, East constituency are in receipt of attendance allowance; and how much on average they receive in attendance allowance each week. (319567)

Attendance allowance provides an important non-contributory, non-income-related and tax free cash contribution towards the extra costs of severely disabled people. The Government are committed to providing real help to disabled people, particularly through the early stages of economic recovery. This is why the Chancellor announced in the December 2009 pre-Budget report that attendance allowance would be increased by 1.5 per cent.—bringing forward help when it is most needed. Without this commitment, the recent negative growth in the retail prices index would have meant that this benefit would not have increased in 2010.

The information requested is in the table.

Number of cases in payment and average weekly payment of attendance allowance in the Dundee, East constituency in August 2009

Attendance allowance

Number/£

Number of cases in payment

2,590

Average weekly amount paid (£)

61.11

Notes:

1. Number of cases in payment rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Average weekly amount paid is rounded to the nearest penny.

3. Total number of attendance allowance cases in payment excludes people with entitlement where payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.