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Disability Benefits

February 13, 2002

Question written on 13/02/2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people aged 0 to 16 are in receipt of a disability benefit; and what percentage of households in which a young person is in receipt of such a benefit have an income of less than 60 per

Answered by Maria Eagle

Such information as is available is as follows:At 31 August 2001, about 243,300 people aged 16 or under in Great Britain were receiving disability living allowance. The latest available estimates, which relate to 199900, indicate that the proportion of this group of young people who were living in households with below 60 per cent. of median income was 11 per cent. on a ‘Before Housing Costs’ basis, or 14 per cent. ‘After Housing Costs’.The Government have introduced several measures from April 2001 to help families with disabled children. The higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance has been extended to severely disabled children aged three or four, providing extra help to their families of 38.65 a week. In addition, the disabled child premium in the income-related benefits has been increased to 30 a week7.40 more than the normal uprating. Finally, the new disability income guarantee helps 33,000 families with severely disabled children, providing an extra 11.05 a week for each disabled child.Notes:1. The number of young people aged 0 to 16 in receipt of DLA is the latest information available, and is based on a 5 per cent. sample of disability living allowance (DLA) administrative records. The figure given is rounded to the nearest hundred.2. Estimates relating to the percentage of individuals living in households with below 60 per cent. of median income have been taken from the “Households Below Average Income” (HBAI) series which is derived from the Family Resources Survey (FRS) data set. The FRS does not include Northern Ireland, and 199900 is the latest year for which data is available.3. HBAI estimates are sample counts that have been adjusted for non-response using multipurpose grossing factors that control for region, council tax band and a number of other demographic variables. Estimates are subject to both sampling error and variability in non-response. Percentages are given to the nearest whole percent.4. HBAI estimates have been presented on both a before and after housing costs basis to take into account variations in housing costs as is standard HBAI practice. No adjustment has been to household disposable income as used in HBAI to take into account any additional costs that may be incurred due to the illness or disability in question.