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Making allowances (2)

Hugh Howard continues his series on welfare benefits for illness (second of four articles)

14 February 2003

The first article in this series (sj 7 February) examined the criteria for claiming disability living allowance (DLA) and attendance allowance (AA). This week’s looks at the care component of DLA and at AA. Care component The care component is awarded for either a physical or mental disability. Entitlement to the care component, when the question of attention is concerned often turns on the definition of a bodily function. Lord Denning’s somewhat paternalistic definition (in R v National Insurance Commissioner [1981] 1 WLR 1017) is nevertheless still valid: “Bodily functions include breathing, hearing, seeing, eating, drinking, walking, sitting, sleeping, getting out of bed, dressing, undressing, eliminating waste products – and the like – all of which an ordinary person – who is not suffering from any disability – does for himself. But they do not include cooking, shopping, or any other things which a wife or daugh...

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