Social Security Benefits: Disabled

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claims for employment and support allowance involved a request for medical information using an ESA113 form in each month since October 2008.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Minister of State (Disabled People), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People), Department for Work and Pensions

The available information is the table.

Total number of employment and support allowance medical referrals and the total number where an ESA113 form was requested-October 2008 to February 2010.
Employment and support allowance medical referrals Number of GP reports requested Percentage of GP reports requested
October 2008 191 0 0
November 2008 10,226 175 2
December 2008 26,453 743 3
January 2009 43,035 1,564 4
February 2009 48,149 2,374 5
March 2009 55,567 3,078 6
April 2009 52,244 2,832 5
May 2009 53,364 3,453 6
June 2009 58,016 4,029 7
July 2009 59,314 4,028 7
August 2009 57,661 3,623 6
September 2009 62,792 4,405 7
October 2009 61,813 4,465 7
November 2009 67,480 5,238 8
December 2009 54,794 4,871 9
January 2010 58,898 5,247 9
Total 62,770 5,163 8
Source:

Atos Healthcare Management Information published to the Department for Work and Pensions.

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