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Attendance Allowance

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate her Department has made of the cost of paying attendance allowance for claims started in 2010-11 in the next five years; (323557)

(2) what estimate her Department has made of the (a) number of new claimants of attendance allowance and (b) cost to her Department of new claims for attendance allowance in each of the next five years.

In line with HM Treasury convention, forecasts of benefit expenditure and related volumes are not published beyond the current spending review period. Information on the forecast number of new awards for attendance allowance in 2010-11, and the expenditure on those claimants in 2010-11, is contained in the table.

The figures should not be seen as indicative of the total claimant count estimates for attendance allowance over the same period as they do not account for off-flows.

New claimants of attendance allowance 2010-11

Total number of awards


Number of awards in payment


Expenditure in 2010-11 (£ million)



1. Estimates are rounded to the nearest 1,000 awards and £1 million expenditure.

2. The estimated total number of awards represents new awards to attendance allowance liveload, and will include some cases which are not in payment.

3. A small number of renewal claims are excluded, as these people are already claiming the benefit and this information is not estimated separately.

4. Estimated expenditure relates to that part of 2010-11 that each new claimant spent on attendance allowance. On average, each new claimant in 2010-11 will have spent around half of 2010-11 receiving benefit. It is assumed that all new awards continue claiming until the end of 2010-11.


Department for Work and Pensions Statistical data and pre-Budget report forecasts