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Social Security Benefits: Motor Neurone Disease

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson Conservative, South Staffordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with motor neurone disease (MND) are in receipt of (a) disability living allowance (DLA) and (b) attendance allowance (AA); how many people with MND successfully claimed DLA and AA via (i) special rules and (ii) ordinary rules in each of the last five years; and how many people with MND were found not to be eligible for an award under special rules for each benefit in each of the last five years.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information is shown in the following tables.

Disability living allowance (DLA) recipients with a main disabling condition of motor neurone disease
As at February each year Total in payment Of which: are in payment under special rules conditions
2012 2,800 600
2011 2,700 500
2010 2,400 500
2009 2,300 300
2008 2,000 200
Attendance allowance (AA) recipients with a main disabling condition of motor neurone disease
As at February each year Total in payment Of which: are in payment under special rules conditions
2012 900 (1)
2011 900 (1)
2010 800 (1)
2009 800 (1)
2008 700 (1)
(1) Denotes nil or negligible. Notes: 1. Figures are taken from 5% sample data. They have been uprated to be consistent with WPLS data and are rounded to the nearest 100. 2. Figures of 500 or less are subject to a degree of sampling variation and therefore should be used as a guide only to the correct situation. 3. Totals show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and excludes cases where the payment has been suspended e.g. if they are in hospital. 4. All recipients considered under special rules are entitled to the higher rate care component. 5. A diagnosed medical condition does not mean that someone is automatically entitled to DLA. Entitlement is dependent on an assessment of how much help someone needs with personal care and/or mobility because of their disability. 6. These statistics are only collected for administrative purposes. Source: DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate, 5% sample.

Data on unsuccessful claims to DLA and AA, by main disabling condition or special rules criteria, is not routinely collected by the Department for Work and Pensions and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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