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Disability Living Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) in each age group, (b) of each sex, (c) with each disability and (d) in total receive an automatic entitlement to disability living allowance.

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

The total number of people receiving DLA as a result of a specific condition under which they are deemed to satisfy conditions of entitlement is 55,660.

This figure is broken down by condition, gender and age group as requested, in the tables.

The definitions of each condition are included within the following regulations; which can be found in the House Library:

For terminally ill, the rules are primarily contained in section 72(5) for care component; and section 73(12) for mobility component of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992. There are minor provisions relating to the terminally ill in regulations 2(4), 10(6) and 12B(9A)of the Disability Living Allowance Regulations 1991.

For Severely Mentally Impaired, double amputee, deaf blind and haemodialysis, the primary powers are 73(3), 73(1), 73(2) and 72(7) respectively of the Contribution and Benefits Act 1992.

The conditions are defined in the Disability Living Allowance Regulations 1991 as follows:

Severely mentally impaired-Regulation 12(5)&(6)

Double amputee-Regulation 12(1 )(b)

Deaf/Blind-Regulation 12(2)&(3)

Haemodialysis-Regulation 7

Total disability living allowance recipients by primary disabling condition( 1) and age, May 2010 Great Britain
Automatic entitlement condition All Not known Under 16 16-17 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75-84 85-89 90+
Terminally Ill 36,720 - 480 50 310 830 3,160 8,110 16,510 6,070 1,120 70 10
Severely Mentally Impaired 16,800 - 5,510 1,200 3,750 2,190 1,610 1,400 810 270 60 - -
Double Amputee 1,040 - 50 - 50 90 140 180 250 220 60 - -
Deaf/Blind 570 - 20 10 20 60 70 130 110 100 50 - -
Haemodialysis 530 - 10 - 10 40 80 140 130 80 30 - -
Disability living allowance recipients by primary disabling condition( 1) and age, May 2010 Great Britain. males
Automatic entitlement condition All Not known Under 16 16-17 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75-84 85-89 90+
Terminally Ill 18,220 - 250 30 170 380 1,270 3,620 8,540 3,350 590 30 10
Severely Mentally Impaired 12,030 - 4,310 920 2,730 1,490 1,040 880 470 150 30 - -
Double Amputee 760 - 30 - 40 60 90 130 190 170 50 - -
Deaf/Blind 290 - 10 - 10 40 30 50 60 60 20 - -
Haemodialysis 300 - 10 - - 20 40 70 90 40 20 - -
Disability living allowance recipients by primary disabling condition( 1) and age, May 2010 Great Britain. females
Automatic entitlement condition All Not known Under 16 16-17 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75-84 85-89 90+
Terminally Ill 18,490 - 230 20 140 460 1,890 4,480 7,980 2,720 530 40 -
Severely Mentally Impaired 4,780 - 1,210 280 1,020 700 570 520 340 120 30 - -
Double Amputee 290 - 20 - 20 30 50 50 60 50 20 - -
Deaf/Blind 280 - 10 10 10 20 40 70 50 30 30 - -
Haemodialysis 230 - - - 10 20 40 60 40 40 10 - -
(1) In published breakdowns by disabling condition, normal practice is to reallocate terminally ill cases to their underlying medical condition (usually malignant disease). As this question specifically asks about automatic entitlement of which terminal illness makes up the largest group, this reallocation has not been done in this case.

Notes:

1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. 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.

3. A primary disabling condition of terminally ill, severely mentally impaired, double amputee, deaf/blind or haemodialysis qualifies an individual for automatic entitlement to disability living allowance.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 100% WPLS

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Dear England
Posted on 10 Feb 2011 10:11 am (Report this annotation)

Is Ms Miller and the government happy in how they have used the media to stigmatise the disabled and sick of this country?

Are the government happy that Atos Healthcare only have a 60% success rate when carrying out the WCA assessments? When claimants go to appeal 40% of their entitlement to benefits are reinstated, how can the government be happy with such figures from a private company they employ?

Also the Direct.Gov site is incorrect when it states on it's site that and I quote"Doctor's and Nurses will carry out the assessments" This is not quite true Ms Miller as you are very aware, Doctor's, Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapist's, OT,occupational therapist's also carry out these assessment's, this is very misleading which the public understand is done on purpose, when will the information on the site be corrected?

Also Ms Miller are you and the government happy about the connection between Unum who were branded and I quote again "Disability denial factories" in the USA and fined millions of dollar's for not listening or taking into account patients medical histories?

Also and this is another worrying concern, does she have any worries about the link between Professor Mansel Aylward and the company Unum, the very company who helped draw up the rules for the welfare system that is in place today and the funding of Prof Mansel Aylwards medical research in Cardiff which just happen's to be funded by the company Unum? The government must look into this as many many people know about it and think it's a huge conflict of interest, what does the minister think about this?

Atos Victims Group Atos Victims Group
Posted on 24 May 2011 10:54 am (Report this annotation)

Ms Millers collaberation with companies like Atos and Unum are something she should hang her head in shame with.

Trying to remove benefits from severely disabled and sick is the politics of Eugenics and you will eventually pay the price for yours and your parties political ideology...