Disability Living Allowance: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 4 April 2022.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the total cost of assessments for disability living allowance in each of the last five years.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The total cost of assessments for Disability Living Allowance are provided below:

DLA (£m)

2016/17

36.39

2017/18

39.01

2018/19

30.65

2019/20

28.22

2020/21

23.48

The following points should be noted:

  1. The figures represent the operational costs of delivering Disability Living Allowance. This is how we have interpreted the request for the “Total Costs of Assessments”.
  1. The cost figures quoted are estimated DWP level 1 operating costs, including both direct delivery staff and non-staff costs. Non-staff costs are only those costs incurred in local cost centres, relating to direct delivery staff.
  1. Please note that the data supplied is from the Departmental Activity Based Models. This data is derived from unpublished management information which was collected for internal Departmental use only, and has not been quality assured to National Statistics or Official Statistics publication standards. It should therefore be treated with caution. The Departmental Activity Based staffing models are a snapshot of how many people were identified as undertaking specified activities as assigned by line managers.

Appeals are a joint process between DWP and HM Courts and Tribunals Service (part of Ministry of Justice). DWP do not handle tribunals for appeals; the cost of handling appeal tribunals sits with HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and we do not hold their cost information. The figures quoted therefore exclude these costs.

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