HC Deb 06 December 2001 vol 376 cc513-4W
Mr. Denis Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost is of processing an application for disability living allowance when it is resolved following(a) receipt of the applicant's completed claim pack, (b) a medical examination in the home, (c) an appeal to a medical appeal tribunal and (d) an appeal to the independent tribunal service. [19937]

Maria Eagle

The average cost of processing a new claim for disability living allowance (DLA), based on a claim pack only, is £33.65. Where a medical examination is carried out in the claimant's home, the average cost is £87.39. All appeals against DLA decisions are dealt with by disability appeals tribunals. The total average cost of a DLA appeal is £253.60 of which £168.00 is attributable to the tribunal service

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