HC Deb 17 July 2001 vol 372 cc178-9W
Mr. George Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people(a) under and (b) over the age of 16 years and suffering from diabetes are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, listed by the (i) lower, (ii) middle and (iii) higher rate. [3834]

Maria Eagle

Disability Living Allowance comprises a care component with three rates and a mobility component with two. Relevant information is in the table.

People in receipt of Disability Living Allowance whose main disabling condition is diabetes mellitus1
Age under 16 Age 16 and over
All recipients2 13,200 28,300
Recipients of each rate
Highest rate care 2,800 5,900
Middle rate care 9,400 9,900
Lowest rate care 1,000 6,400
Higher rate mobility 3100 19,500
Lower rate mobility 1,500 4,400
1 Figures relate to 30 November 2000.
2 Some recipients receive both care and mobility components.
3 Figure is too small to be statistically reliable.


The Department for Work and Pensions: 5 per cent. data.

Mr. George Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reviews are under way within his Department to examine the eligibility criteria for Disability Living Allowance for those diagnosed as having an irreversible condition. [3823]

Maria Eagle

Entitlement to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is based on care and mobility needs arising from a disability, not on particular medical conditions, and there are no specific reviews relating to irreversible conditions.

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