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EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS UP-RATING ORDER 2009

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/draft/em/ukdsiem_9780111472798_en.pdf<

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This project represents the first of potentially three stages of research on the feasibility of estimating the DLA/AA take-up rate and a complementary study to it. Being methodological in nature, the research does not question the current level of fraud and error. Nor does it aim to suggest whether or how the policies and/or practices relating to the benefits in question should change.

On the basis of a desk-based review of documentation relating to claims, interviews with key stakeholders, investigation of existing data and analysis of potential approaches to estimating take-up of DLA/AA, the study puts forward a measure of take-up and recommends an approach to its estimation.

The approach has a number of advantages over the other methods of estimating take-up. However, its adoption depends on the ability of research and policy makers to address its challenges. This is to be explored at the subsequent stages of the feasibility research.

July 2007 134 pages 297x210mm

ISBN 978 1 84712 226 1

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Allowance programmes are a conceptually appealing way to help people with disabilities and their families pay for the goods and services that such individuals often need. This report examines how the international literature on the extra costs of disability could contribute to an assessment of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA) programmes in the UK.

The report presents rigorous evidence from a U.S. demonstration, that allowances can improve the lives of people with disabilities, relative to programmes that deliver agency services financed directly by the government. It also finds that, of all definitions of the extra cost of disability encountered in the literature, the 'expenditure equivalence' definition – the amount of additional income a person with a disability would require to achieve the same standard of living as a similar person without a disability - stands out as the most salient for assessing the adequacy of allowances. The report finds very little evidence from either programmes in other countries, or the research literature to support an assessment of allowance amounts in the UK programmes.

A few studies, including a UK study, use the expenditure equivalence definition to demonstrate that the extra cost of disability can be very high, but their findings are not directly applicable to DLA and AA. The approach of these studies could potentially be applied to analysis of existing or new UK data in support of an assessment of the two programmes.

January 2009 62 pages 297x210mm

ISBN 978 1 84712 458 6

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DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS - Communicating with customers

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The future of Attendance Allowance and other disability benefits for older people

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