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Work Capability Assessment

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Natascha Engel Natascha Engel Chair, Backbench Business Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many people who made a claim for employment and support allowance (ESA) and who were found fit for work at assessment have had an appeal heard by the Tribunals Service in each month since ESA assessments began;

(2) what proportion of people who have undergone a work capability assessment have been found fit to work at appeal in each month since October 2008.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Information on the number of people who are found fit for work, who then appeal the decision at a hearing with Ministry of Justice and the result of the appeal is published. The full publication can be found here:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/workingage/index.php?page=esa_wca

Table 3 of the publication which relates specifically to fit for work decisions and appeals is reproduced as follows:

WCA appeals heard on 'Fit for Work' decision (initial assessments only)
Month of claim start Fit for Work Appeals heard(to date) Percentage fit for work with an appeal heard (to date) Decision in favour of appellant DWP decision upheld Percentage decision in favour of appellant DWP decision upheld
October 2008 3,600 1,500 41 600 900 40 60
November 2008 17,500 7,200 41 2,800 4,400 40 60
December 2008 15,200 6,400 42 2,700 3,800 41 59
January 2009 21,000 8,900 42 3,600 5,300 40 60
February 2009 19,800 8,100 41 3,300 4,800 41 59
March 2009 23,500 9,400 40 3,800 5,500 41 59
April 2009 21,800 8,300 38 3,400 4,900 41 59
May 2009 22,000 8,000 36 3,200 4,800 40 60
June 2009 22,700 7,600 33 3,100 4,500 41 59
July 2009 22,800 7,100 31 2,700 4,300 39 61
August 2009 20,400 5,600 28 2,200 3,500 39 61
September 2009 21,800 5,300 24 2,000 3,300 37 63
October 2009 21,200 4,100 19 1,400 2,600 35 65
November 2009 20,500 2,800 14 900 2,000 31 69
Total 273,900 90,300 33 35,800 54,600 40 60

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