Employment and Support Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered am ar 1 Medi 2014.

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Photo of Glenda Jackson Glenda Jackson Llafur, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment and support allowance claimants with (a) cystic fibrosis, (b) rheumatoid arthritis, (c) motor neurone disease, (d) multiple sclerosis and (e) Parkinson's disease 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 if he will make a statement.

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

The information requested is shown in the table.

Outcomes of initial and repeat Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) functional assessments and Incapacity Benefits Reassessments (IBR) by disease code: October 2008-September 2013
    Cystic Fibrosis Spinal Muscular Atrophy Parkinson’s Disease Multiple Sclerosis Other Rheumatoid Arthritis
Initial claim SG 600 900 1,100 5,200 2,100
  WRAG 100 100 700 2,500 3,100
  FFW 100 - 500 1,600 3,500
Repeat claim SG 400 200 900 5,700 3,200
  WRAG 100 - 500 2,100 3,600
  FFW - - 100 300 1,000
IBR claim SG 500 200 1,100 13,400 5,000
  WRAG 100 - 300 2,500 4,900
  FFW - - - 300 1,100
Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. “-” denotes nil or under 50. 2. SG-Support Group WRAG-Work Related Activity Group FFW-Fit For Work 3. 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. 4. Motor neurone disease is shown in the table as 'Spinal muscular atrophy'. 5. The data presented above comes from benefit claims data held by the Department for Work and Pensions. In October 2008, ESA replaced IB for new claims. Starting with a trial in October 2010, and reaching a full scale national roll-out in April 2011, existing IB claims began to be phased out, with claimants reassessed to see if they qualify for ESA instead. 6. The reassessment of existing incapacity benefits claimants was rolled out nationally from April 2011. Source: Data in the table above is derived from administrative data held by the DWP and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare.

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