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Social Security Benefits: Disabled

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of applications for (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance to be approved in each of the next five years. (322157)

[holding answer 12 March 2010]: 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 estimated and forecast number of new awards for attendance allowance and disability living allowance in 2009-10 and 2010-11 is contained in the table.

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

Estimate of numbers of new awards for disability living allowance and attendance allowance in 2009-10 and 2010-11

Disability living allowance

Attendance allowance

2009-10

277,000

327,000

2010-11

279,000

330,000

Notes:

1. Estimates are rounded to the nearest 1,000.

2. Estimates in the table include new awards only. It does not include the number of renewal claims likely to be successful as these people are already claiming the benefits and this information is not estimated separately.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions Statistical data and Pre-Budget Report forecasts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average monetary value of (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance paid to claimants under special rules was in the latest period for which figures are available. (322164)

The available information is in the following tables.

Average weekly amount in payment for disability living allowance special rules cases in payment at August 2009

£

All

117.05

Average weekly amount in payment for attendance allowance special rules cases in payment at August 2009

£

All

70.35

Note:

All recipients under special rules are entitled to the higher rate care component.

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 DLA 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. The figures have been rated to agree with Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study totals.

Source:

Work and Pensions Information Directorate 5 per cent. sample