Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Chris Law Chris Law Scottish National Party, Dundee West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the mobility activity 1 of the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment, how many people with multiple sclerosis have scored points on descriptors d or f on a PIP assessment for (a) new claims and (b) disability living allowance reassessments in (i) each year before and (ii) in the period since November 2016.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The two tables below give statistics on the number of people with main disabling condition multiple sclerosis who scored on descriptors d or f on Activity 11 (mobility activity 1) of their assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for both new claimants and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reassessments.

Table 1 – Number of new claimants each calendar year that scored on descriptor d or f on Activity 11 of their PIP assessment

New claims

2013

2014

2015

2016 (to 8th September)

Number scoring d or f on Activity 11

20

280

200

80

Table 2 – Number of DLA reassessment claimants each calendar year that scored d or f on Activity 11 of their PIP assessment

DLA Reassessments

2014

2015

2016 (to 8th September)

Number scoring d or f on Activity 11

50

200

600

Notes: Figures for both tables have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Data beyond September 2016 is not readily available; preparing it would require us to link together several complex datasets and take steps to assure the quality of the results.

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