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Personal Independence Payment: Fibromyalgia

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 211239, tabled on 22 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability living allowance claimants with fibromyalgia have been assessed as ineligible for personal independence payment.

Answered on

28 January 2019

The Department publishes a range of detailed statistics for PIP 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 statistics include monthly clearances (decisions) since PIP was introduced in April 2013. Clearance figures can be broken down by clearance type (e.g. whether the claim was awarded, disallowed pre-referral to an assessment provider, disallowed at assessment or withdrawn), by reassessment type (i.e. whether the claimant was making a new claim or was undergoing a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP reassessment) and by main disabling condition.

Note that main disabling condition is only recorded for claims which reach the assessment stage. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions upon which their entitlement decision is based but only the main disabling condition is recorded and shown in these statistics. Main disabling condition is the disability recorded on the PIP administrative system. It is possible that a reassessment claim could have a different main disabling condition recorded on the DLA and PIP systems.

With regard to your question relating to “Behavioural Disorders” we advise that you group together the Disability Subgroups, “Conduct disorder (including oppositional defiant disorder)” and “Hyperkinetic Disorder – ADHD/ADD.” For the question relating to borderline personality disorder select Personality Disorder.