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Employment and Support Allowance

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 220005, tabled on 7 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants who have been sanctioned and have applied for mandatory reconsideration of the decision have waited (a) 31 to 45, (b) 46 to 60, (c) 61 to 75, (d) 76 to 90 and (e) over 90 calendar days for the mandatory reconsideration to be adjudicated since October 2013.

Answered on

14 January 2015

The information requested is not available and would only be available at disproportionate cost.

The Department publishes Official Statistics on Employment Support Allowance (ESA) sanction decisions and information on these statistics can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions

The latest set of Official Statistics was released on 12 November 2014 and covers all decisions made to 30 June 2014. A summary of this data can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/jobseekers-allowance-and-employment-and-support-allowance-sanctions-decisions-made-to-june-2014

Information on mandatory reconsiderations of benefit decisions was released on 17th December 2014. This was an ad-hoc release of experimental statistics on MR requests made between 28thOctober 2013 and 31st October 2014. It gives an overview of MR requests across all benefits recorded on DWP’s operational systems, and a focused summary on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). This data can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mandatory-reconsiderations-of-dwp-benefit-decisions-data-to-october-2014