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Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 21932, tabled on 27 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants that were refused a payment of terminal illness benefits having submitted a DS1500 in each month from January 2018 to December 2019 died within (a) six months of their application being received and (b) one year of their application being made; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

3 March 2020

The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The DS1500 can be completed by a terminally ill patient’s doctor or other healthcare professional and returned to DWP. The doctor or healthcare professional provides information about their patient’s condition, including its clinical features and ongoing or planned treatment on the DS1500. The DS1500 is not a claim form in itself and is not a requirement to support a claim under the special rules for terminal illness. A DS1500 can be completed during the claim process for various benefits: Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Universal Credit (UC), Attendance Allowance (AA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA).”

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