Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Michael Ring

Question:

361 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the number of disability allowances and disability benefits granted for the years 1992 to 2000; if she will give a breakdown of these by county; the number of these which were granted on appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4115/03]

Information on numbers of claims awarded and granted on appeal is contained in the following table. My Department does not hold statistics on the number of claims awarded by county.

Table: Numbers of Disability Allowance and Disability Benefit claims awarded and numbers granted on appeal.

Year

Disability Allowance Awarded

Disability Benefit Awarded

Awarded

On Appeal

Awarded

On Appeal

1992*

0

0

174,474

Not Available

1993*

0

0

160,177

954

(0.6%)

1994*

0

0

143,815

787

(0.5%)

1995*

0

0

163,811

612

(0.4%)

1996*

Not Available

Not Available

160,757

664

(0.4%)

1997

9,090

54

(0.6%)

176,760

807

(0.5%)

1998

7,521

163

(2.2%)

178,638

673

(0.4%)

1999

7,498

200

(2.7%)

197,517

829

(0.4%)

2000

8,242

209

(2.5%)

210,823

764

(0.4%)

* The Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs took over responsibility for disability allowance from the Health boards with effect from October 1996. Previously the scheme was known as disabled persons maintenance allowance.