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Statistics about the Renewal of Disability Living Allowance Child

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

1. What is the total number of people under the age of sixteen that you renewed their existing DLA awards in each of the last five financial years?

Can you also express the awards that you renewed in each year as a percentage of the awards that you processed for renewal (the percentage of successful renewal)?

2. Out of the DLA child awards that were renewed in each of the last five financial year:

A-How many existing awards were renewed only based on the information provided by the claimants without having, obtaining or requesting any form of evidence to support the claim, after you have written to them?

B-How many existing awards were renewed based on the information provided by the claimants and after you wrote to a professional for example a doctor, consultant or a teacher to verify their information/obtain evidence?

C-How many existing awards were renewed based on the information provided by the claimants and evidence provided by them but without writing to any healthcare professional or any other professional?

D-How many claims were renewed based on repeated prescriptions?

E- Do you have a practice where you would renew an existing DLA award if the information provided by the claimants indicate that they still meet the criteria for a DLA award even if they did not provide any form of evidence/statement from a third independent party (if they claimant simply ticked the boxes and answered the questions in the renewal form)?

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Smith

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