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Employment and Support Allowance

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 259436, tabled on 3 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many ESA65B letters her Department sent to GPs in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2018.

Answered on

11 June 2019

The Department does not hold information on the number of ESA65B letters sent to GPs.

The ESA65B letter is normally automatically issued to GPs by the Department’s IT system in every case where an Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimant has been found ‘fit for work’ following a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).

If a claimant states that they do not agree to information about the determination of their WCA being shared with their GP, the claim will be maintained clerically and the papers noted that the letter is not to be issued.

The latest ESA statistics, which show the number of claimants found fit for work, can be found here: