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Social Security Benefits: Disabled

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance in each quarter since April 2008. (320141)

The available information is in the tables.

Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants each quarter since May 2008—Great Britain and abroad

Quarter

Claimants (thousand)

2008

May

2,637.56

August

2,632.00

November-

2,593.01

2009

February

2,468.62

May

2,374.21

August

2,299.58

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

2. From 6 April 2001, no new claims to severe disablement allowance were accepted. In addition from 27 October 2008, no new claims to incapacity benefit were also accepted.

Source:

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

Employment and support allowance caseload quarterly time series—Great Britain and abroad

Quarter

Claimants (thousand)

2008

November

53.77

2009

February

175.81

May

288.27

August

374.44

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest ten and displayed in thousands.

2. Employment and support allowance replaced incapacity benefit and income support paid on the grounds of incapacity for new claims from 27 October 2008

Source:

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged over 65 years with terminal cancer receive (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance under special rules. (322165)

Number of attendance allowance and disability allowance special rules cases over 65 where the main disabling condition is malignant diseases at August 2009NumberAttendance Allowance200Disability Living Allowance5,100Notes:1. Figures have been rated to agree with Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study and rounded to the nearest 100.2. Totals show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and excludes 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. Caution:The preferred statistics on benefits are now derived from 100 per cent. data sources. However, the 5 per cent. sample data still provide some detail not yet available from the 100 per cent. data sources, in particular, more complete information on the disabling condition of Disability Living Allowance claimants. DWP recommends that, where the detail is only available on the 5 per cent. sample data, or disabling condition (DLA) is required, the proportions derived should be scaled up to the overall 100 per cent. total for the benefit.Source:Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate 5 per cent. sample

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether existing claimants of disability living allowance aged under 65 years will be able to continue to receive disability living allowance or the equivalent cash level of support when they reach 65 under the proposals for disability benefits which form part of the Government’s planned social care reforms. (323493)

If any disability benefits for older people are reformed as part of the National Care Service, those receiving the affected benefits at the time of reform would continue to receive the same level of cash support. We will give more details about the National Care Service in due course.