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|Great Britain—Incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance claimants with Pervasive Development Disorders as main condition|
Source: Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.
1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
3. To qualify for incapacity benefit (IB)/severe disablement allowance (SDA), claimants have to undertake a medical assessment of incapacity for work which is called the personal capability assessment. Therefore, the medical condition recorded on IB/SDA claim form does not itself confer entitlement to incapacity benefits, so, for example, the decision for a customer claiming IB on grounds of mental or behavioural disorders would be based on their ability to carry out the range of activities in the personal capability assessment; or on the effects of any associated mental health problems.
4. IB/SDA claimants whose main diagnosis is autism are recorded within the diagnosis code for pervasive development disorders, and which is unable to be broken down further.
5. Employment and support allowance replaced incapacity benefit and income support paid on the grounds of incapacity for new claims from