HC Deb 29 January 2002 vol 379 cc264-5W
Annabelle Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2002,Official Report, column 813W, on disability living allowances, in which constituencies (a) the revised arrangements for obtaining relevant information from claimants' general practitioners are being piloted and (b) the alternative system for extra-costs disability benefits based on activities for managing life are being tested; and what activities are encompassed within the phrase 'activities for managing life'. [31284]

Maria Eagle

The revised General Practitioner Factual Report is being trialed in the Wembley Disability Benefits Centre. This centre deals with cases in an area from Oxfordshire in the west, to Great Yarmouth in the east, and from North London up to Peterborough.

The test of the Activities for Managing Life (AML) model involves up to 600 volunteers throughout Great Britain. Volunteers are not selected on a constituency basis, but are drawn from those people making new claims for DLA/AA.

The AML model is based on 16 functional activities necessary for self-care. In addition there are two activities (17 and 18) specifically for children aged 12 or under to test the best way of gathering information on the care needs of children.

The activities are:

  1. 1. Feeding and drinking
  2. 2. Dressing and undressing
  3. 3. Washing and bathing
  4. 4. Using the toilet
  5. 5. Getting in/out and turning in bed
  6. 6. Mobility
  7. 7. Rising and sitting
  8. 8. Fits or blackouts
  9. 9. Orientation
  10. 10. Taking medication or undergoing therapeutic procedures
  11. 11. Reliance on machines and equipment
  12. 12. Communication
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  14. 13. Budgeting
  15. 14. Hygiene
  16. 15. Daily routine
  17. 16. Awareness of danger
  18. 17. Childhood development
  19. 18. Help children need in connection with their treatment.

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