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Health: Myasthenia Gravis

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the rule which excludes from the mobility allowance myasthenia gravis sufferers diagnosed after the age of 65 years. [HL157]

Disability living allowance provides an important contribution towards the extra costs faced by severely disabled people who claim before the age of 65 years. Once awarded, disability living allowance may continue in payment after the age of 65, if the entitlement conditions continue to be met.

People who become disabled after the age of 65 can claim attendance allowance. Unlike disability living allowance, attendance allowance does not contain a mobility component. However, recipients of attendance allowance are able to use their benefit in whatever way that best suits their needs and priorities, including helping to meet any mobility costs.

The Government believe that the benefit arrangements in place for disabled people are both fair and sensible. Disability living allowance aims to focus additional help on people who are severely disabled early, or relatively early, in life and as a result face limited opportunities to work, earn, and save compared with non-disabled people.

There are no plans to extend entitlement to disability living allowance to those who claim for help at age 65 and over.