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Disability Living Allowance: Mental Health

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people with a (a) mental health condition and (b) physical disability who were in receipt of disability benefits and have had those benefits withdrawn in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

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

We are unable to estimate the number of people with mental health conditions or physical disabilities who have had their disability living allowance or attendance allowance withdrawn. The specific information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The information on the number of people with mental or physical disabilities in receipt of disability living allowance or attendance allowance is in the following tables.

Disability living allowance recipients by main disabling condition, Great Britain, November 2010
Total
All 3,181,080
Physical Disorders 2,299,750
Mental Health Disorders 881,330
Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.
Attendance allowance recipients by main disabling condition, Great Britain, November 2010
Total
All 1,626,910
Physical Disorders 1,470,120
Mental Health Disorders 156,790
Notes: 1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 10—totals may not sum due to rounding. 2. Where more than one disability is present only the main disabling condition is recorded. 3. Figures show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. 4. ‘Physical Disorders’ encompass all categories not included in ‘Mental Health Disorders’. Namely, the main disabling conditions Arthritis, Muscle/Joint/Bone Disease, Blindness, Stroke Related, Epilepsy, Deafness, Malignant Disease, Chest Disease, Back Ailments, Heart Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Renal Disorders, AIDS, Skin Disease, Frailty, Multiple Sclerosis and a number of cases not allocated to a main disabling condition. These are codes which were introduced in October 2008 and include B21 ‘Infectious diseases (Tuberculosis)’, B31 ‘Infectious diseases (Malaria)’ and B99 ‘Infectious diseases (Other ‘Infectious Disease’)’. Unknown cases are also included in this category. 5. ‘Mental Health Disorders’ encompass the main disabling conditions ‘Learning Difficulties’ and ‘Mental and Behavioural Disorders’ and the new code introduced in October 2008, ‘Psychiatric Disorders’. Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

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