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Employment and Support Allowance: Peterborough

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Peterborough constituency currently in receipt of employment and support allowance in the Work Related Activity Group with a prognosis of six months are being migrated into work; and if he will make a statement.

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

The Department regularly publishes National Statistics which provide information on the caseloads of various different benefits to the constituency level. This information can be found by using the tabulation tool (‘Tabtool’) on the departmental website here:

The Tabtool shows that as at May 2011, the latest data available, there were 1,620 people on employment and support allowance in the Peterborough parliamentary constituency and of these, 550 were in the Work Related Activity Group.

Information on the prognosis given by the Atos Healthcare Professional following the work capability assessment is available for claims flowing on to employment and support allowance by local authority area rather than parliamentary constituency. Note that on-flow figures are not directly comparable to the caseload figures provided above.

Between March 2010 and February 2011 (the most recent period for which data are available) there were 2,090 new claims for employment and support allowance (ESA) in the Peterborough local authority area. Of these 530 went into the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) following the initial work capability assessment. Of those claims going into the WRAG, 140 (26%) were given a prognosis of three months, 260 (49%) had a prognosis of six months and the remaining 130 (25%) were given a prognosis of 12 months or longer.

This information is taken from administrative data held by DWP, and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

ESA claimants in the WRAG will have the opportunity to join the Work programme, when the outcome from their work capability assessment is known. The Work programme was launched on 10 June 2011 and is now in place nationally. This is the biggest single payment by results employment programme Great Britain has ever seen, providing personalised support to an expected 2.4 million claimants over the next seven years.

Information on the numbers leaving ESA to move into work is not currently available. The Work programme has only been in place for six months, and the measures of its success are long term. The Department is closely monitoring all aspects of the Work programme, and will publish this information as soon as reliable and meaningful data are available, in accordance with guidelines set by the UK Statistics Authority. Official statistics on referrals will be available from spring 2012, and on job outcomes from autumn 2012.

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