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Employment and Support Allowance

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 3836, tabled on 23 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of decisions on employment and support allowance applications have been overturned (a) at the mandatory reconsideration stage and (b) by tribunal in the last 12 months.

Answered on

29 June 2015

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 mandatory reconsideration 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

DWP statisticians are looking to include statistics for the entire ESA Work Capability Assessment (WCA) process into the existing regular statistical publication, including information on Mandatory Reconsiderations outcomes. However before DWP is able to do this statisticians need to make sure that the data is accurate and fit for purpose and develop a robust methodology. When a decision has been made on improvements to the ESA WCA regular statistical publication we will pre-announce the improvements in accordance with the UKSA release protocols.

The latest appeal statistics available, published by the Ministry of Justice, which includes data on ESA appeals received and cleared, can be found here at Tables 1.4 & 2.7:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-certificate-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2015