HC Deb 27 January 1998 vol 305 c163W
Dr. Kumar

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people resident within the boroughs of Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough are currently in receipt of(a) disability living allowance, (b) mobility allowance, (c) attendance allowance and (d) incapacity benefit. [24513]

Mr. Denham

The administration of Social Security benefits is a matter for Peter Mathison, Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Peter Mathison to Dr. Ashok Kumar, dated 26 January 1998: The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people resident within the boroughs of Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough are currently in receipt of (a) Disability Living Allowance (DLA), (b) Mobility Allowance (MobA), (c) Attendance Allowance (AA) and (d) Incapacity Benefit (IB). The information is not available in the format requested. MobA and AA for customers aged under 65 were replaced by Disability Living Allowance in April 1992. The available information is shown in the attached table. I hope you find the reply helpful.

Number of people in receipt of benefit at the date shown, by Parliamentary Constituency
Parliamentary Constituency Disability Living Allowance (i) Attendance Allowance (ii) Incapacity Benefit (iii)
Redcar 4,836 1,685 5,280
Middlesbrough 5,992 2,063 4,300
Middlesbrough South and Cleveland East 4,850 1,822 4,280
Hartlepool 5,156 1,863 5,560
Stockton North 4,502 1,653 4,360
Stockton South 3,161 1,253 2,740

1. The boroughs of Redcar and Middlesbrough and the former borough of Cleveland encompass the residents of the Parliamentary constituencies of Redcar; Middlesbrough; Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East; Hartlepool; Stockton, North; and Stockton, South.

2. Disability Living Allowance consists of two components, these include a mobility and a care component, which replaced and extended the former Mobility and Attendance Allowance for customers aged under 65.

3. Figures current at (i) 30 November 1997, (ii) 31 August 1997, (iii) 31 August 1997.

4. The figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample of the benefit computer system. The Incapacity Benefit figures exclude a small number of clerically processed cases.

5. Data are provisional and subject to change.