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Disability Living Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Louise Ellman Louise Ellman Chair, Transport Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of disability living allowance claimants with an indefinite award who will be granted a short-term award as a result of changes to the benefits system.

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

Currently there is no systematic process for regularly reviewing disability living allowance (DLA) awards and the majority of DLA recipients—70%(1)—have an indefinite award, which means it may not be reviewed unless the individual reports a change in their condition or circumstances. As a result, some people are currently receiving an incorrect amount of DLA. This undermines the credibility of the benefit.

We want to ensure that personal independence payment awards remain correct. We will do this by making awards for a fixed term, except in exceptional circumstances. The length of award will be based on the individual's needs and the likelihood of their health condition or impairment changing. As the award duration will be based on an assessment of the individual, I am unable to predict the outcome of the assessment and how many individuals with a current DLA award will receive a shorter-term award of personal independence payment.

(1 )“Analysis of Disability Living Allowance: DLA Awards”, Department for Work and Pensions, March 2011.

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