HC Deb 16 July 2001 vol 372 cc59-60W
Mr. Laws

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2001,Official Report, column 196W, what estimate he has made of the specific provision made in the Disability Living Allowance for excess home heating costs; what proportion of people claiming (a) Incapacity Benefit and (b) other disability benefits presently receive the Disability Living Allowance; and if he will make a statement. [3663]

Maria Eagle

The care and mobility components in Disability Living Allowance act as broad indicators of all the extra costs of a disabled person, including heating costs.

The available information about the proportion of people receiving incapacity and other relevant benefits who also get Disability Living Allowance is in the table.

People in receipt of incapacity and disability benefits and the proportion who receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
All recipients Percentage receiving DLA3 (Percentage)
Incapacity Benefit1,4
Incapacity Benefit 1,509,700 36
Severe Disablement Allowance6 366,100 82
Total 1,875,900 45
Other benefits2,5
Industrial Injuries Disablement benefit (IIDB) only 213,300 22
Reduced Earnings Allowance (REA) only 86,100 28
Both IIDB and REA 67,400 41
Total 366,800 27


1. Figures relate to 30 November 2000.

2. Figures relate to 1 April 2003.

3. Figures are based on 5 per cent. data.

4. Figures are based on 5 per cent. data and exclude a small number of clerically held cases.

5. Figures are based on 10 per cent. data.

6. Severe Disablement Allowance was designed to provide help for people who could not receive Incapacity Benefit because they had not paid enough National Insurance Contributions. From April 2001 it is no longer available to new claimants, and severely disabled young people may be able to receive improved support from Incapacity Benefit without meeting the normal contribution contributions.

7. Figures may not sum owing to rounding.


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