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The most recent statistics for ESA show that the overwhelming majority of new claimants are placed in the support group.

In the quarter to September 2020, 84% of new claimants were placed in the support group, 12% were found fit for work and 4% were placed in the work-related activity group.

However, there has been a massive drop in the number of completed work capability assessments, partly due to the pandemic and partly due to the switch to universal credit.

In the quarter to September there were 37,000 WCAs, compared to 170,000 for the same period last year.

Repeat assessments were down from 140,000 to 25,000 with new claims down from 30,000 to 12,000.

The number of registered mandatory reconsiderations is now tiny. However there was a slight increase in the latest three months from 170 in October 2020 to 290 in January 2021.

You can read the full ESA statistics on this page.

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#3 denby 2021-03-24 21:33
Christine you need to repost in the forum to get some advice, this is the news section and it is not really the best place for advice.
Sorry to hear of your problems, always worth trying to involve your MP.
+1 #2 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-03-24 15:39
The most recent statistics for ESA show that the overwhelming majority of new claimants are placed in the support group.

The reason being is the vast majority are seriously disabled, with life long or life threatening disabilities.

A kid of 2 could weigh up that claimants like us should not ever be reassessed.

All it's doing is making us more ill, and or killing us off quicker than we should be.

Once in the support group due to long standing illness/es, one should be pensioned off period!

Seems like being ill / disabled, claimants are to be punished for being so.
#1 Christine Brammall 2021-03-24 11:53
Hi I don’t know where to turn my husbands contribution based ESA ends on the 31 March. He’s on enhanced daily living PIP after a massive stroke August 2019 he’s been waiting for a face to face after sending medical details a year ago which they are not doing I’ve phoned 3 times to be told he’ll have to clam universal credit. I’m 69 my husband is 61. I’m at my wits end. Can anyone direct me please
Christine

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