Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants in the last year for which figures are available were assigned to the Support Group under Regulations 29 and 35 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information as requested is not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However the latest data available on employment and support allowance new claims, placed in the Support Group or Work Related Activity Group at functional assessment, initially or after appeal, split into reasons for assignment by month of claim start, Great Britain, can be found in table 5 and 6 respectively at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-january-2014

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Wendy Priestley
Posted on 27 Feb 2014 12:44 am (Report this annotation)

This is basic information and there is no good reason for the DWP not to both know it and publish it. The concept of "proportionality" is now being repeatedly twisted out of all recognition by the DWP to serve a deceitful political agenda whose only concern is with outdated tribalism between political parties which are increasingly indistinguishable from one-another in their attitude to the people they are supposed to serve.