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Disability Living Allowance: Autism

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Mike Weatherley Mike Weatherley Conservative, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people with autism in receipt of the middle rate of disability living allowance.

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

Figures for the number of people with autism in receipt of the middle rate of DLA are not collected separately. Such figures are included within the broader category of learning difficulties.

The information available is in the following table.

Number of people in receipt of the middle care rate of disability living allowance where the main disabling condition is learning difficulties—August 2010
All Middle care rate
All 3,176,200 1,059,800
Learning difficulties 367,400 181,000
Notes: 1. The preferred statistics on benefits are now derived from 100% data sources. However, the 5% sample data still provide some detail not yet available from the 100% data sources, in particular, more complete information on the disabling condition of DLA claimants. DWP recommends that, where the detail is only available on the 5% sample data, or disabling condition (DLA) is required, the proportions derived should be scaled up to the overall 100% total for the benefit. This has been done here. 2. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 100. 3. Caseload totals show the number of people in receipt of an allowance and exclude those with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. 4. Learning difficulties includes the following disabling conditions: ‘F86’—‘Down's Syndrome’ ‘F87’—‘Fragile X syndrome’ ‘F90’—‘Other Learning Disability’ ‘F91’—‘Autism’ ‘F92’—‘Asperger Syndrome’ ‘F94’—‘Retts Disorder’ Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5% sample

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