Employment and Support Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in England who had been waiting more than 90 days to be assessed for employment and support allowance in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The information requested is shown in the table below:

Number of initial Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims where the assessment was completed by length of assessment period and month completed, England, Apr 13 - Mar 14

Month completed

Total

Length of assessment period

Unknown

91 days and under

Over 91 days

Jan-14

21,800

4,000

1,600

16,300

Feb-14

19,200

3,800

1,400

13,900

Mar-14

20,900

4,300

1,300

15,200

Source: Department for Work and Pensions benefit administration dataset.

Notes:

  1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
  2. The period cohorts allocate ESA claims to the calendar month that the assessment was completed. March 2014 is the latest data available.
  3. Those still waiting for an assessment to be completed are not included in the figures above.
  4. In approximately of 10% of claims the length of the assessment period is unknown due to missing or incomplete information.
  5. The data presented above comes from benefit claims data held by the Department for Work and Pensions. It related to new ESA claims only; Incapacity Benefit (IB) claims reassessments are not included.
  6. As the Official Statistics on ESA and the Work Capability Assessments do not focus on benefit durations, the underlying data used to provide the information has not been quality assured to the same level, and should be treated with caution.

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