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The latest statistics from the DWP show that almost two thirds of new claimants are placed in the support group, whilst that figure rises to 83% for repeat work capability assessments (WCAs).

The figures show that in the quarter to September 2019 11% fewer claimants completed their initial WCA, while repeat assessments increased by 4%, when compared to the previous quarter

22,000 claimants completed an initial WCA. Of these

62% were assigned to Support Group (SG),

16% to Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) and

22% to Fit for Work (FFW) status

For ESA repeat assessments, the figures are:

83% support group

12% work-related activity group

5% fit for work

Remarkably, there are still some claimants being transferred from incapacity benefit to ESA, though there were fewer than a hundred of these in the latest quarter.

Whilst the number of ESA mandatory reconsiderations and appeals has been falling for years, the success rates for claimants have generally increased.

The number of registered mandatory reconsiderations decreased from 3,700 in October 2019 to 2,400 in January 2020.

48% of completed mandatory reconsiderations resulted in a change in the decision in January 2020. The success rate for mandatory reconsiderations for ESA has risen considerably. Up until January 2018 it remained below 17%. However, successes have generally been on an upward path since then, although January 2020 saw a small fall.

The number of appeals completed on initial fit for work outcomes has decreased to 430 in the quarter to December 2018. Of these decisions, 73% were successful at appeal.

You can read the full statistics on the gov.uk website


#3 3008 2020-05-23 18:19
William Dixon Thank you for hilighting that disabled people on benefits are not scroungers,but have fallen down the ladder from previous responsible jobs.
I spent a total of 40 years nursing,which was my vocation,until a work place accident on night duty nhs caused the end of my nursing,which was like going through a bereavement,and loss of my identity.
I held a very responsible senior staff nurse post,then suddenly after a fall waiting on back surgery,I had worked since age 16.
The whole process of starting to claim benefit ,I felt I was being looked down on and the assessments made me feel like a piece of S...
To be continually in pain,on and off is bad enough,but to be treated with respect surely is every persons right.
#2 William Dixon 2020-03-25 21:12
The billions spent/grabbed by these companies could/should be spent on claimants helping them to feed themselves and their families,not boosting the profits of theses companies.

The governments own statistics show, that claimants are not workshy, scroungers but genuine sick and disabled claimants.

.Even when claimants are successful in their appeal they still have not won what they deserve a decent benefit payment. So, who wins? Not the disabled, not the taxpayer, but the above named.companies and their shareholders!
+2 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2020-03-16 14:35
This just goes to show how the DWP has gotten it all wrong, and are not fit for purpose. SG success rates rocketing is living proof, how much claimants really are ill, sick and disabled, not the other way round.

Just wondering how the DWP react to these statistics, will they finally admit and see that using billion pound corporations ATOS,MAXIMUS,CA PITA, who cannot get the job done right during assessments etc mean the WCA etc will be scrapped until a new fairer reliable system is in place.

And these money grabbing corporations lose their contracts. And save countless billions of pounds in contracts, and saving what's more importantly claimants lives.

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