Work Capability Assessment: West Midlands

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 19th April 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases there have been in which people have been declared fit for work and then went on to win their appeal against her Department in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands in each of the last three years for which data is available.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department publishes quarterly statistics on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA): Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments (WCA) which include figures on mandatory reconsiderations and appeals of WCA decisions. These statistics are not currently available to local authority or regional level but DWP statisticians are investigating how to extend the geography information provided. The statistics can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employment-and-support-allowance-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessment

Table 3 of these statistics covers National figures for appeal outcomes for Fit for Work decisions in initial assessment by month of claim start.

Official statistics on all appeals made with respect to ESA claims are published by the Ministry of Justice and can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics

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