Employment and Support Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th March 2016.

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Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Conservative, Chippenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants with (a) Parkinson's disease, (b) rheumatoid arthritis, (c) motor neurone disease, (d) multiple sclerosis and (e) cystic fibrosis have been (i) placed in the support group, (ii) placed in the work-related activity group and (iii) found fit for work since 2008; and what statements have been made to current claimants of employment and support allowance to inform them that they will not be affected by changes.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The information requested is shown in the table below.

Initial assessments

Cystic Fibrosis

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Parkinson's Disease

Multiple Sclerosis

Other Rheumatoid Arthritis

SG

900

1,200

1,700

8,000

3,600

WRAG

100

100

700

2,700

3,500

FFW

100

-

600

1,900

4,300

Repeat assessments

SG

500

300

1,100

7,500

4,600

WRAG

100

-

500

2,200

3,900

FFW

-

-

100

400

1,200

IBR assessments

SG

600

200

1,300

15,500

6,200

WRAG

100

-

300

2,600

5,000

FFW

-

-

-

300

1,200

Notes:

  1. Figures from October 2008 – June 2015.
  2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. “-“denotes nil or under 50.

The Department has stated throughout the passage of the Bill that current claimants will not be affected and these statements are in the public record.

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