Social Security Benefits
Work and Pensions

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Andy Slaughter (Shadow Minister (Justice); Hammersmith, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) (i) employment support allowance, (ii) disability living allowance and (iii) incapacity benefit claimants and (b) applicants for a review of a decision to award (i) employment support allowance, (ii) disability living allowance and (iii) incapacity benefit were from ethnic minorities in the last year for which figures are available.

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

Ethnicity data are not available for disability living allowance (DLA) and incapacity benefit (IB)/severe disablement allowance (SDA) claimants. Information is only available for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants.

Table 1 presents ethnicity data for all people claiming ESA as at May 2011, the latest data available.

Table 1: Employment support allowance claimants by ethnicity: May 2011
Ethnicity Number of claimants Percentage
White 445,500 67
Mixed 6,590 1
Asian or Asian British 24,750 4
Black or Black British 19,280 3
Chinese or Other Ethnic Group 10,230 2
Prefer not to say 43,720 7
Unknown 112,170 17
All 662,230 100
Source: DWP 100% WPLS data

Ethnicity data on appeals against incapacity benefit, incapacity benefit reassessment and disability living allowance is not available.

Table 2 gives the ethnic group breakdown of all claimants for employment and support allowance (ESA) who have appealed against a fit for work decision at their initial Work Capability Assessment (WCA).

Note that the figures in table 2 are not directly comparable with the caseload ethnicity data provided in table 1 above since they cover a different time period.

Table 2: ESA appeals against a fit for work decision at the initial WCA, broken down by ethnic group. Appeals heard against claims starting between December 2009 and November 2010
Ethnic group Number of appeals Percentage
White 69,190 77
Asian or Asian British 4,000 4
Black or Black British 3,000 3
Chinese or other 1,720 2
Mixed 890 1
Prefer not to say 4,660 5
Unknown 6,940 8
Total 90,390 100
Notes: 1. Employment and support allowance replaced incapacity benefit and income support paid on the grounds of incapacity for new claims from 27 October 2008. 2. Percentages are rounded to the nearest percentage point. 3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Figures may not sum due to rounding. 4. Data shown in the tables above are available on the Department's website at: http://83.244.183.180/100pc/tabtool.html 5. Information is not available on the ethnicity of IB/SDA or DLA claimants. 6. DLA figures above show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. Source: Administrative data held by the DWP, assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare and appeals data provided by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service.

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