Employment and Support Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Sheila Gilmore Sheila Gilmore Labour, Edinburgh East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals placed in the work-related activity group since 2008 have received a prognosis statement that specifically advises work is unlikely in the longer term.

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

There is no such prognosis as being unable to return to work in the longer-term. However, the following table shows how many claimants have been allocated a prognosis of two years or more:

New claims: Outcomes of initial functional assessments by prognosis and month of result date, for the work-related activity group, Great Britain
  Claimants with prognosis of two years or more
December 2008 (1)
January 2009 (1)
February 2009 (1)
March 2009 200
April 2009 200
May 2009 200
June 2009 300
July 2009 400
August 2009 400
September 2009 300
October 2009 300
November 2009 300
December 2009 300
January 2010 300
February 2010 300
March 2010 300
April 2010 200
May 2010 300
June 2010 300
July 2010 300
August 2010 200
September 2010 300
October 2010 300
November 2010 200
December 2010 200
January 2011 200
February 2011 200
March 2011 200
April 2011 200
May 2011 200
June 2011 100
July 2011 100
August 2011 100
September 2011 100
October 2011 100
November 2011 100
December 2011 100
January 2012 200
February 2012 200
March 2012 200
April 2012 200
May 2012 200
June 2012 200
July 2012 200
August 2012 200
September 2012 200
October 2012 300
November 2012 300
December 2012 200
January 2013 200
February 2013 200
(1) Denotes nil or negligible. Scope: Initial functional assessment—the first assessment of the Employment and Support Allowance claim. The outcome recorded is the final DWP Decision Maker's decision or the recommendation made by the Atos Healthcare Professional where the Decision Maker's decision is not yet available. Note: Figures are shown rounded to the nearest 100. Source: Data in the table is derived from administrative data held by the DWP and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare.

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