Social Security Disability Living Allowance Regulations 1991

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th January 2011.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to amend the Social Security Disability Living Allowance Regulations 1991 to allow families to continue to receive disability living allowance when their children are in hospital or other care settings.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Payment of disability living allowance and carers allowance continues to be made to children under 16 years in a hospital or a similar institution for the longer period of 84 days to avoid terminating payment of benefit for relatively short periods in hospital.

Whereas those aged 16 and over retain payment of disability living allowance for 28 days, under 16s have a longer period of 84 days in recognition of the special needs that they may have for support from their parents while they are adjusting to hospital life.

To leave benefit in payment indefinitely would mean that the Government were making provision twice for the same basic need, which would not be an effective use of taxpayers' money.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.