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 how many claims for attendance allowance made under special rules were approved in each of the last five years.

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.

Attendance allowance new claim awards for special rules by Great Britain by year August 2005 to August 2009
Awards
2009 28,200
2008 27,400
2007 29,200
2006 27,500
2005 28,100
Notes:

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 attendance allowance is defined as someone who is shown as in receipt of 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. For the year to August 2008 the November 2007 data extract was unavailable for technical reasons. This means that on-flows for this year comprise on-flows from May 2008 to August 2008, from February 2008 to May 2008 and from August 2007 to February 2008.

3. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

4. Caution: 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.

Source:

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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