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Employment and Support Allowance

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 128665, tabled on 20 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 124897, and the Answer of 19 January 2018 to Question 122944, what plans she has to ensure that information for Employment Support Allowance is available in the same form as information for personal independence payments.

Answered on

23 February 2018

As policies, processes and monitoring systems may vary, it is not always possible to produce the same statistics for each benefit administered by the Department. DWP statisticians work to produce statistics that most appropriately reflect the processes being measured for each individual benefit but, in cases where there are similarities, will aim to make the statistics as comparable as possible.

The Department publishes quarterly statistics on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA): Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments (WCA) which include figures on mandatory reconsiderations and appeals of WCA decisions. These statistics are not currently available to parliamentary constituency level but DWP statisticians are investigating how to extend the geography information provided. The statistics can be found at the following link:

With reference to Question 122944, equivalent national figures for appeals on initial and repeat ESA WCAs are available in Table 17 of these statistics. This table covers experimental statistics on the number of initial and repeat ESA WCA assessment which result in a mandatory reconsideration or an appeal.

Official statistics on all appeals made with respect to ESA claims are published by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and can be found at the following link:

As these are not DWP statistics, responsibility for their format lies with HMCTS

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