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Figures released by the DWP last month show that almost six out of ten new employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants were placed in the support group.

Statistics for the quarter to June 2019 show that, for new claimants:

58% were placed in the support group, up 5% on the previous quarter.

17% were placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG), down 4% on the previous quarter.

26% were found fit for work, unchanged from the previous quarter.

However, the vast majority of ESA assessments are now repeat assessments rather than new claims.

In the most recent quarter, 85% were repeat ESA assessments, 15% were new ESA claims and less than 1% were incapacity benefit reassessments.

For repeat ESA assessments:

80% were placed in the support group

13% were place in the WRAG

6% were found fit for work.

The number of mandatory reconsiderations in relation to ESA has plummeted in recent years. It was at its highest in March 2017, with 22,000 requests. In October 2019 it had fallen to just 3,500.

The number of ESA appeals has fallen even more massively since the introduction of mandatory reconsiderations in 2013.

In the quarter to September 2018 there were just 600 appeals heard in relation to fit for work decisions, compared to almost 15,000 prior to the introduction of mandatory reconsiderations.

You can download the full WCA statistics from this page.


#1 Mr B 2020-01-28 22:12
This of course wont please our glorious leaders! When ESA was first introduced by a LABOUR government, and I think it was around 2008, iit was done for the sole purpose of getting people off sicknesd benefits by hook or by crook with emphasis on the word crook! It was their stated intention that very claimants who actually got ESA would be put into the support group.. What a terrible shock it must be for
the politicians to discover that despite them making the criteria far tighter than under incapacity benefit even MORE claimants are qualifying for the support group! And yes I know that when the Tories,, lwho i will never vote for, first replaced Labour i. 2010,, they took up ESA with relish but i will NEVER forget - let alone forgive - that is was a LABOUR governmentt who first introduced the vile EsA benefit! I voted Labour at the last general election but i certainly dont trust what they say they would do if they regained office. Beware of wolves in sheeps cothing, there are many wolves in the Labour party, as well as other parties , as far as welfare 'reform' is concerned!

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