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Disability Living Allowance - cases in payment
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Useful Resources and Sites
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"One click" Care rate time seriesView ResourceTop of page
"One click" Mobility award time seriesView ResourceTop of page
"One click" Region time seriesView ResourceTop of page
Northern Ireland Benefit StatisticsView ResourceTop of page
Differences between WPLS and 5% sample dataView ResourceTop of page
Guidance for usersView ResourceTop of page
Statistical SummaryView ResourceTop of page
DLA long time series - pre May 2002View ResourceTop of page
Information about claiming DLAView ResourceTop of page
NOMIS - official labour market statisticsView ResourceTop of page
Office for National StatisticsView ResourceTop of page

Background Information
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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) provides a non-contributory, non means-tested and tax-free contribution towards the disability-related extra costs of severely disabled people who claim help with those costs before the age of 65. It replaced and extended Attendance Allowance (AA) and Mobility Allowance (MobA) for people in this age group from April 1992.

DLA has two components which can be paid together or on their own:

  • A care component - for people who have needed help with personal care (i.e. attention in connection with their bodily functions and/or continual supervision to avoid substantial danger to themselves or others) for at least 3 months (the 'qualifying period') and are likely to go on needing that help for at least a further 6 months (the 'prospective test'). The care component is paid at three rates:
      Higher rate - for people who need help with personal care throughout the day and during the night;

      Middle rate - for people who need help with personal care throughout the day or during the night;

      Lower rate - for people who need help with personal care during some of the day or are so severely disabled that the cannot prepare a cooked main meal for themselves if they have the ingredients.

  • A mobility component - for people who have had walking difficulties for at least 3 months and are likely to continue to have those difficulties for at least a further 6 months. It is paid at two rates -
      Higher rate - for people who are physically unable, or virtually unable, to walk;

      Lower rate - for people who can walk, but need guidance or supervision from another person when walking out of doors on unfamiliar routes.

    Children under 16 years of age qualify for the care component or the lower rate mobility component only if their needs are substantially in excess of those of a child of the same age in normal health. They cannot qualify for the lower rate care component through the "cooking test" route. Children under 3 years of age cannot qualify for the higher-rate mobility component; children under 5 years of age cannot qualify for the lower-rate mobility component.

    People who are terminally ill (ie: have a progressive disease from which death can reasonably be expected within 6 months) automatically qualify for the higher rate care component. They can also qualify for the mobility component if they satisfy the normal rules. For both components they do not have satisfy the qualifying period or the prospective test.

    DLA can be awarded for a fixed or an indefinite period. People can continue to receive the allowance after reaching age 65 if they continue to satisfy the entitlement conditions.

    The tables available here exclude those who have had their payment suspended, for example if they are in hospital.

    Main Disabling Condition: From May 2011 onwards the preferred choice for analysis on main disabling condition is the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100% Tabulation Tool. More information is available by clicking here.

    Equalisation of State Pension Age: The age at which women reach State Pension age is gradually increasing from 60 to 65 between April 2010 and April 2016 to November 2018. Under current legislation, State Pension age for men and women is planned to increase to: 66 between November 2018 and October 2020; 67 between 2034 and 2036; 68 between 2044 and 2046. This will introduce a small increase to the number of working age benefit recipients and a small reduction to the number of pension age recipients. Figures from May 2010 onwards reflect this change. More information is available by clicking here.

    Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Changes: As at the 2010 United Kingdom General Election, on 6th May 2010, the Parliamentary Constituency boundaries changed. From May 2010 data these changes are reflected in the Tabulation Tool. More information is available by clicking here. As at the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary Election, the Scottish Parliamentary Constituency boundaries changed. From May 2011 data these changes are reflected in the Tabulation Tool. More information is available by clicking here.

    Local Authority Boundary Changes: On 1st April 2009, the reorganisation of the Local Authorities of England created nine new unitary authorities (UAs). From May 2009 these changes were reflected in the Tabulation Tool.

    Coverage: All cases in payment in Great Britain, plus claimants residing abroad. This excludes cases in Northern Ireland. More information about benefits in Northern Ireland is available by clicking here. More information on claiming benefits whilst living abroad can be found by clicking here.

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    Details on breakdowns
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    Caseload (Thousands) Number of clients on the administrative system at the reference date. These figures are shown in thousands, rounded to the nearest ten cases. So, 12,345 is shown as 12.35 thousand. Top of page
    Care Award Type Rate of Care in payment: Higher, Middle or Lower. Top of page
    Average weekly amount of benefit Average amount of weekly benefit in payment. Top of page
    Working Age/Pension Age split Whether a person is of Working Age or State Pension Age. Top of page
    Time Series These tables represent the situation at a specific point in time, called the reference date. Using "Time Series" in the row of the table gives statistics for all dates available. Top of page
    Region Regions (formerly Government Office Regions) are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. More information and a map of Regions is available here. Top of page
    Local Authority of claimant Local Authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. More information and a map is available here. Top of page
    Mobility Award Type Rate of Mobility in payment: Higher or Lower. Top of page
    Parliamentary Constituency of claimant (Westminster) Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. Boundaries are as at the reference date. More information and a map is available here. Top of page
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituency of claimant Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. Boundaries are as at the reference date. They are used within the Scottish Parliament, for Westminster boundaries please use the "Parliamentary Constituency of claimant (Westminster)" variable. Top of page
    Gender of claimant Gender as recorded on the benefit system. Top of page
    Age of claimant Age is calculated at the reference date. It is derived from the reference date and the client's date of birth. Top of page
    Duration of current claim (days) The duration of the current claim for benefit. Top of page
    Main Disabling Condition Where more than one disabling condition is registered, the main one is presented in these statistics. Main disabling condition is available from May 2011 on the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100% tabulation tool. Prior to May 2011 the less detailed version available on the sample data tabulation tool is published. For more information see Background Information. Top of page


    Information on using this Tool
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    How to use the Tool

    There are two ways of using the Tool: to produce bespoke tabulations to your requirements or use our "One-click" tables to give you an overview of the benefit or scheme in which you are interested. You can save the tables as a text file or an html which can then be opened in a spreadsheet program.

    Simply select the benefit or scheme you are interested in. Then the "One-click" tables can be found in the "Useful Resources" section.

    Defining bespoke tables takes you through a step-by-step process to specify the table structure. This section describes what each step means, together with two examples:

    STEP 1: BENEFIT/SCHEME In the box at the top of this page chose the benefit or scheme about which you want statistics.

    STEP 2: ANALYSIS Choose the type of information you want displayed in the body of the table. Example choices are: caseload (i.e. number of people), average amount in payment or percentage of population.

    STEP3: ROW Choose from the list the breakdown you would like to use for the rows of the table.

    STEP 4: COLUMN Choose from the list the breakdown you would like to use for the columns of the table.

    STEP 5: SUBSET You can table your statistics for a subset of the whole caseload. Leave Subset as NONE if you do not want to select a specific group, otherwise select the breakdown you want to use to subset the table.

    STEP 6: CATEGORY Choose the category that you want to use to subset the table. This option will not be available if you have not chosen a Subset in the previous selection.

    STEP 7: DATE Choose the date which you would like the information to relate to. This option is not avaiable if you have already chosen "Time Series" in the row or column of your table.

    STEP 8: GET TABLE Click the Get Table button and your data is displayed in a web page: you can save the table, print it or go back to redefine your selection.

    Example 1 builds a time series table for statistical groups, restricted to male Income Support claimants. Example 2 gets data for Disability Living Allowance claimants, age and gender at May 2005.

    Step Action
    Example 1
    Benefit/Scheme Income Support
    Analysis Caseload
    Row Time Series
    Column Statistical Group
    Subset Gender
    Category Male
    Date Not applicable because of time series selection
    Example 2
    Benefit/Scheme Disability Living Allowance
    Analysis Caseload
    Row Age
    Column Gender
    Subset NONE
    Category Not applicable as no page selection
    Date May 2005
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