Employment and Support Allowance
Work and Pensions

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Stephen Timms (Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions); East Ham, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of contributory employment and support allowance claimants in (a) the work-related activity group and (b) the assessment phase who would, in a steady-state without time-limiting, have a duration of 12 months or more.

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Chris Grayling (The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)

It is estimated that in steady state, without time-limiting, around 77% of contributory employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants in the work-related activity group or assessment phase would have duration of 12 months or more. This breaks down as 94% of contributory ESA claimants in the work-related activity group and 6% of contributory ESA claimants in the assessment phase.

For those who leave contributory ESA as a result of the time limit, it is estimated that around 60%, or approximately 400,000 people, are expected to be fully or partially compensated by income-related ESA, so will retain entitlement to ESA.

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