Employment and Support Allowance
Work and Pensions
Stephen Timms (East Ham, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
(1) what estimate he has made of the number of cancer patients in (a) the support group and (b) the work related activity group of employment and support allowance (ESA) who will see their income fall as a result of the Government's decision to uprate components of ESA by one per cent rather than by the level of the consumer price index;
(2) what plans he has to review the ability of cancer patients to cope with the increases in the cost of living in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16; and if he will make a statement.
Steve Webb (The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions; Thornbury and Yate, Liberal Democrat)
There are no data available which would allow us to identify the impact of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill on particular health condition groups in receipt of ESA.
The Department produces National Statistics on the employment and support allowance (ESA) caseload, including breakdown by health condition group and phase of ESA claim. This can be found at:
In making difficult decisions about benefit uprating, we have sought to protect the most vulnerable, including continuing to uprate the Support Group component of ESA with reference to prices. The Employment and Support Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2012 that came into force on