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Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 66053, tabled on 1 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the mobility activity 1 of the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment, how many people with multiple sclerosis have scored points on descriptors d or f on a PIP assessment for (a) new claims and (b) disability living allowance reassessments in (i) each year before and (ii) in the period since November 2016.

Answered on

8 March 2017

The two tables below give statistics on the number of people with main disabling condition multiple sclerosis who scored on descriptors d or f on Activity 11 (mobility activity 1) of their assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for both new claimants and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reassessments.

Table 1 – Number of new claimants each calendar year that scored on descriptor d or f on Activity 11 of their PIP assessment

New claims

2013

2014

2015

2016 (to 8th September)

Number scoring d or f on Activity 11

20

280

200

80

Table 2 – Number of DLA reassessment claimants each calendar year that scored d or f on Activity 11 of their PIP assessment

DLA Reassessments

2014

2015

2016 (to 8th September)

Number scoring d or f on Activity 11

50

200

600

Notes: Figures for both tables have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Data beyond September 2016 is not readily available; preparing it would require us to link together several complex datasets and take steps to assure the quality of the results.