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The latest DWP statistics for employment and support allowance (ESA) show a marked rise in the proportion of new claimants being placed in the support group.

In the latest quarter to September 2018, for ESA initial assessments:

  • 47% were placed in the support group, up 5% on the last quarter.
  • 21% were placed in the work-related activity group, up 1%.
  • 32% were found fit for work, down 6%.

For repeat ESA assessments, the figures are:

  • 72% support group.
  • 16% work-related activity group.
  • 12% fit for work.

Between October 2013 and June 2018, mandatory reconsideration success rates for ESA stand at just 14%.

Of those claimants who do not succeed at mandatory reconsideration stage, just 21% go on to appeal the decision.

Yet an average of 63% of those who go on to appeal won over this period, with current appeal success rates at 73%.

You can download the full ESA statistics here.

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