Social Security Benefits: Disabled

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Minister (Women), Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claims for (a) disability allowance and (b) attendance allowance were approved made under special rules in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Minister of State (Disabled People), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People), Department for Work and Pensions

The available information is provided in the table.

Great Britain new claims for attendance allowance and disability living allowance by special rules year to August 2009
Benefit Proportion of approved claims made under special rules ( Percentage )
Attendance Allowance 9.5
Disability Living Allowance 7.6

1. Caseload totals show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and excludes people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.

2. An on-flow to disability living allowance or attendance allowance is defined as someone who is shown as in receipt of either benefit on a quarterly data extract but did not appear on the previous quarterly data extract. These yearly figures are the sum of four quarterly on-flows calculated on this basis. This means that anyone flowing on and off the benefit between data extract dates will not appear in the figures.

3. The preferred statistics on benefits are now derived from 100 per cent. data sources. However, the 5 per cent. sample data still provide some detail not yet available from the 100 per cent. data sources, in particular, more complete information on the disabling condition of disability living allowance claimants. DWP recommends that, where the detail is only available on the 5 per cent. sample data, or disabling condition is required, the proportions derived should be scaled up to the overall 100 per cent. total for the benefit. These figures have been scaled up to the overall total.


Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample. Figures are subject to a degree of sampling variation. They are adjusted to be consistent with the overall caseload from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

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