HC Deb 01 February 2002 vol 379 c577W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review(a) disability living allowance and (b) carer's allowance for sufferers of autism and their families. [31883]

Maria Eagle

We keep the operation of disability living allowance (DLA) and invalid care allowance (ICA), like other social security benefits, under review. Last autumn we announced a package, worth £500 million over three years, to enhance the current social security provision for carers and improve their financial security. For DLA, we have recently made significant improvements to the claim form, we are currently revising all the forms used to obtain relevant information from doctors, health care professionals and others involved in the care of claimants, and in consultation with organisations representing disabled people, are testing an alternative system for extra-costs disability benefits based on activities for managing life. There are no plans to carry out a review of these benefits specifically directed towards people with autism and their families.