DWP Release Figures for Employment Support Allowance

Posted 3rd February 2010

Summary of the DWP report on those who have completed the Work Capability Assessment

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) replaced Incapacity Benefit and Income Support paid on the grounds of incapacity for new claims from 27th October 2008.  The introduction of ESA for new claimants in October 2008 was accompanied by a new assessment, the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).  The WCA is based on medical advice delivered by the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) medical services contractor, ATOS Healthcare.

The DWP has now released a short report regarding the figures for those who have completed the WCA. 

9% were placed in the Support group (for those with severe disabilities) – they receive a higher rate of benefit entitlement overall and exemption from mandatory involvement with pathways.

23% were placed in the Work related activity group – They receive higher rate of benefit than those on JSA and are mandated to engage with pathways to work.

And 68% were deemed Fit for work – Individuals can ask for a reconsideration or appeal if they disagree with the decision.

26% of those deemed Fit for work appealed against the decision, 62% of those were upheld by the DWP. 





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