Employment and Support Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Liberal Democrat, Sutton and Cheam

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people previously in receipt of incapacity benefit have been placed in the employment and support allowance work-related activity group without being seen by an assessor.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information is as follows:

Incapacity benefits reassessments—outcomes for paper based assessments, Great Britain (IB claimants referred for reassessment between September 2011 and November 2012)
Month of referral for reassessment WRAG outcomes
September 2011 9,700
October 2011 10,000
November 2011 10,400
December 2011 10,200
January 2012 9,100
February 2012 8,400
March 2012 8,800
April 2012 9,100
May 2012 9,900
June 2012 9,100
July 2012 10,600
August 2012 10,100
September 2012 9,200
October 2012 10,500
November 2012 10,300
Total 145,300
Notes: 1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Hence totals may not sum exactly. 2. A small number of cases where the data is inconsistent with the policy have been excluded from this table. 3. When someone claiming incapacity benefits is reassessed for ESA, they will only have to undergo a face-to-face work capability assessment (WCA) if there is insufficient evidence for a paper-based WCA to be carried out. Source: The figures are derived from administrative data held by the Department for Work and Pensions and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare.

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