Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson PPS (Dr Kim Howells, Minister of State), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis are in receipt of disability living allowance (DLA); and how many such individuals were refused DLA in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The available information is in the table. Information is not kept about the main disabling condition in unsuccessful claims to disability living allowance.

Number(30) of people receiving disability living allowance at 31 August in each of the years from 2003 to 2005 whose main disabling condition was recorded as chronic fatigue syndromes—including myalgic encephalomyelitis/post viral
2003 14,800
2004 16,300
2005 17,500

(30) Figures are in thousands, rounded to the nearest 100, and exclude cases where payment of the allowance has been suspended because, for example, the person is a hospital in-patient.


DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

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