Personal Independence Payment: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people applied for personal independence payments and were diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last five years.

Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who currently claim personal independence payments have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in (a) England and (b) Wales.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The requested information for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) applications is not available as information on PIP claimants’ disabling conditions is not collected at the initial claim application stage.

The latest available data on PIP claims in payment, including by main disabling condition and geography (e.g. region), are published on Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk. Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html.

These data relate to the claimant’s main disabling condition. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions, but these cannot be identified from the data the department holds. Therefore there may be other claimants in receipt of PIP who have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease who are not captured in the above data.

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