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Social Security Benefits: Disability

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL5600, tabled on 20 February 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the number of women in receipt of working age disability benefits has been affected by the rise in the state pension age from 60 to 65 between 2010 and 2018.

Answered on

23 February 2018

The number of women in receipt of the main working age disability benefits, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), has not been affected by the rise in state pension age.

New claims for DLA are currently only available for children under the age of 16 since the introduction of PIP on 8 April 2013. However, before the introduction of PIP, DLA had an upper age limit for making a new claim set at the day before a claimant’s 65th birthday. This is also the upper age limit to make a new claim for PIP and will rise in line with increases in state pension age.