To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who currently claim personal independence payments have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in (a) England and (b) Wales.
26 May 2016
The requested information for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) applications is not available as information on PIP claimants’ disabling conditions is not collected at the initial claim application stage.
The latest available data on PIP claims in payment, including by main disabling condition and geography (e.g. region), are published on Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk. Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html.
These data relate to the claimant’s main disabling condition. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions, but these cannot be identified from the data the department holds. Therefore there may be other claimants in receipt of PIP who have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease who are not captured in the above data.