Attendance Allowance

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

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time was for an upgrade from the lower rate of attendance allowance to the higher rate in the latest period for which information is available; and whether there is a mechanism for speeding up such an upgrade based on the urgency of the case.

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

The administration of attendance allowance is a matter for the chief executive of the Disability and Carers Service, Mr. Terry Moran. He will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Terry Moran, dated 30 March 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was for an upgrade from the lower rate of attendance allowance to the higher rate in the latest period for which information is available; and whether there is a mechanism for speeding up such an upgrade based on the urgency of the case.

The Minister for Disabled People, Anne McGuire MP, promised you a substantive reply from the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service.

The information requested regarding what the average waiting time was for an upgrade from the lower rate of attendance allowance to the higher rate is not available.

Claims made under the Special Rule" provision would receive urgent consideration over and above the norm. The special rules cover people who suffer from a progressive disease that is so severe that they are not expected to live longer than six months.

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