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Further increase in ESA support group successes

Statistics released by the DWP last week show a further small rise in the proportion of claimants being awarded employment and support allowance (ESA) and a small rise in the proportion being placed in the support group.

In the period from April 2015 to June 2015, the latest statistics show that:

70 per cent of claimants were entitled to Employment and Support Allowance. Of these:

  • 10 per cent of claimants were placed in the Work Related Activity Group;
  • 61 per cent of claimants were placed in the Support Group;
  • 30 per cent of claimants were assessed as Fit for Work.

This means that the number of successful claims has risen by 1%, the proportion going into the work-related activity group is unchanged and the proportion going into the support group has risen by 2%.

Success rates for appeals have dropped very slightly, with 52% of appeals being won by claimants – this is a fall of 2% on the previous quarter.

You can download the full set of statistics from this link.

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