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Appeals: Employment and Support Allowance

Justice written question – answered on 2nd February 2011.

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Photo of Duncan Hames Duncan Hames Liberal Democrat, Chippenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of applications for employment and support allowance made by residents of Chippenham constituency were rejected on the basis of the work capability assessment in each of the last two years; and in respect of what proportion of such applications that decision was (a) reversed and (b) upheld on appeal.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does not hold the data on work capability assessments for the Chippenham constituency. employment and support allowance (ESA) claims made within the hon. Member's constituency are dealt with by the Wiltshire unitary authority (UA). 32% of all new claims made within the Wiltshire UA from October 2008 to May 2010 were found fit to work by the end of October 2010.

The following table shows the decisions made by the first-tier tribunal-social security and child support on work capability assessment related ESA appeals registered at the Chippenham tribunal venue.

Outcomes-Chippenham tribunal venue
Total cleared at hearing Decision in favour of appellant Percentage decision in favour of appellant DWP decision upheld Percentage DWP decision upheld
2008-09
Q3 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Q4 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total
2009-10
Q1 3 0 0.00 3 100.00
Q2 10 4 40.00 6 60.00
Q3 27 14 51.85 13 48.15
Q4 44 21 47.73 23 52.27
Total 84 39 46.43 45 53.57
2010-11
Q1 110 57 51.82 53 48.18
Q2 55 19 34.55 36 65.45
Total 165 76 46.06 89 53.94
Note:

Data taken from Crystals Report 28 January 2011

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