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Work Capability Assessment

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 206412, tabled on 17 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants with (a) rhumatoid arthritis, (b) cystic fibrosis, (c) multiple sclerosis, (d) motor neurone disease and (e) Parkinson's disease have undergone multiple work capability assessments on a single claim; and what proportion each of these comprise of the claimaint total.

Answered on

1 September 2014

The information requested is shown in the table below.

Number and proportion of repeat functional assessments for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants by disease code: October 2008 – September 2013

Cystic Fibrosis

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Parkinson’s Disease

Multiple Sclerosis

Other Rheumatoid Arthritis

Number of repeat claims where functional assessment has been completed






Proportion of claimant total; where functional assessment has been completed






Source: Data in the table above is derived from administrative data held by the DWP and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare.


1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Proportions are shown to 2 decimal places.

2. Motor neurone disease is shown in the table as 'Spinal muscular atrophy'.

3. 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.