Disability Living Allowance: Children
Work and Pensions

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Ian Mearns (Gateshead, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many households in England claim disability living allowance on behalf of a child aged two;

(2) how many households in England claim disability living allowance on behalf of a child aged two years and are eligible for free school meals;

(3) how many in-work households in England claim disability living allowance on behalf of a child aged two years and are in receipt of tax credits;

(4) how many out-of-work households in England claim disability living allowance on behalf of a child aged two years and are in receipt of child tax credit.

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Maria Miller (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; Basingstoke, Conservative)

Disability living allowance is a non means-tested benefit, eligibility for tax credits or free school meals is not relevant when determining a claim and therefore this information is not recorded.

Such information as is available is contained in the following table.

Children aged two in receipt of disability living allowance, May 2011
  Number
Aged two 8,800
Notes: 1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Figures do not include people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example, if they are in hospital. 3. A diagnosed medical condition does not mean that someone is automatically entitled to DLA. Entitlement is dependent on an assessment of how much help someone needs with personal care and/or mobility because of their disability. These statistics are only collected for administrative purposes. 4. DLA is awarded to individuals, not at a household level. Caseloads given are number of claims in payment with respect to two-year-olds. Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate 100%WPLS.

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