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05 May 2017
Forth Valley Stronger Together

The Department of Work and Pensions has published statistics on the take up of the new benefit. 

Most of the figures relate to new claims rather than reassessments so the claims are mainly for people under the age of 25.  

The national figures go into a lot of detail about particular conditions.  So we now know that throughout the UK, there have been successful claims from 2,858 people with Down’s Syndrome and 354 people with Fragile X syndrome

For people with autism, there were 17,257 people with autism and a further 9.764 with Asperger’s Syndrome. 

The figures for Scotland did not go into so much detail and only gave the global category for people.  There were 2,444 awards for people with learning disabilities and 2,234 for people with autism.

The percentage of people in both categories are 10% lower than the national figures.  So we will be keeping an eye on this over the next couple of years to make sure that assessors in Scotland are applying the same standards as the rest of the UK.