Approaches to estimating DLA/AA take up rates: a feasibility study

Funded by: Department for Work and Pensions


July 2006 to December 2006

Background, summary and aims

In 2005, there were 2.7 million people in receipt of DLA and 1.4 million in receipt of AA. At present there is no reliable estimation of the take up rates of these benefits hence the main purpose of this project is to determine whether estimating take-up is feasible. The main problem is determining the eligible population. Had this information been available, the ratio of those in receipt of benefits to those eligible for them (or the take up rate) would identify people eligible for benefits who were not claiming them. Such information would allow better targeting public resources because non-take up implies lack of effectiveness and justice in the operation of the benefits system and the possible experience of poverty among those not claiming the benefits. There is no straightforward way to determine the eligibility for DLA/AA. Therefore, this project will examine whether some robust approaches to estimation can be developed and what the requirements of these approaches are.