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THE Department of Social Development has released its quarterly Summary Statistics for Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance.

This is the latest in the series of statistical reports published on Friday 9th September by the Department. They contain information on all Disability Living Allowance Attendance Allowance recipients at February 2011 and include 100% samples of imformation.

Some of the key findings for DLA include:
*  The number of individuals in receipt of Disability Living Allowance was 185,599.

*  The gender split for those in receipt of Disability living Allowance was 52.3% female and 47.7% male.

*  More than three quarters (76.7%) of Disability Living Allowance Recipients were in the 40+ age group.

*  The main disabling condition for Disability Living Allowance Recipients was ‘mental health causes’ (22.2%), followed by ‘arthritis’ (18.4%).

*  There were 15,355 awards made in the 12 months ending 28th February 2011 and 12,153 terminations in the same period.

*  The largest number of Disability Living Allowance recipients were found in Belfast with 37,171 in receipt of DLA (13.8% of eligible population) followed by Londonderry with 14,238 in receipt of DLA (13.0% of the eligible population).

The Publication can be accessed on http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/stats-publications/stats-benefit-publications/dla.htm

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) replaced and extended Attendance Allowance and Mobility Allowance in April 1992 for people who became disabled before the age of 65. DLA is payable to people who are disabled and who have personal care needs, mobility needs or both. DLA consists of two components: the care component and the mobility component.

The latest in the series of statistical reports entitled Attendance Allowance Summary Statistics was published today by the Department for Social Development. It contains information on all Attendance Allowance recipients at February 2011.

Some of the key findings for Attendance Allowance include:

*  At the end of February 2011 the number of recipients of Attendance Allowance (AA) was 56,936;
*  34.2% of AA claimants were male, and 65.8% were female, with the highest percentage (28.6%) of all claimants falling into the 80-84 age category;
*  Of the 56,936 AA recipients at February 2011, 41,722 were on the higher rate, and 15,214 on the lower rate;
*  The main disabling condition as of February 2011 was Arthritis, which accounted for 37.4% of all conditions;
*  In the 12 months ending 28th February 2011, a total of 6,465 first awards of AA were made and 8,203 were terminated;
*  The largest number of AA recipients were found in Belfast where 9,380 were receiving the benefit (23.0% of the eligible population), followed by Lisburn with 3,136 recipients (19.6% of the eligible population).

The Publication can be accessed on http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/stats-publications/stats-benefit-publications/dla.htm

Attendance Allowance is a benefit paid to people, aged 65 or over, who need help with their personal care because of an illness or disability. A claimant who needs help both during the day and at night can get the higher rate of AA. A claimant who needs help either during the day or at night gets the lower rate.

The publication of both the DLA and the Attendance Allowance figures are produced quarterly in March, June, September, and December each year.

If you think you or a friend or a relative may qualify for DLA you can get more information by phoning your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau.