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The latest employment and support allowance statistics (ESA) released last week show that one third of claimants have still not had a decision on their claim after 8-11 months. Another 40% have recovered or died before they even had an assessment.

The DWP’s quarterly bulletin for the work capability assessment states that for claims made between July and September 2014:

29% of claimants have had a decision.

39% closed their claims before a face-to-face assessment had taken place.

32% of claims were still undergoing assessment.

The figures all relate to claims originally made when Atos was still carrying out WCAs. In March of this year the contract was taken over by Maximus and ministers will be hoping that statistics like these will soon be a thing of the past.

However, they may also be hoping that the increasingly high success rate for ESA claims will also be a thing of the past.

wca results graph

The latest figures show that of those assessed, 77% got an award of ESA, with just 14% being placed in the work-related activity group and 64% being placed in the support group.

After ESA was first introduced in 2008, the proportion of new claimants being placed in the support group remained at around 10-12%. It was only after the Coalition took office in 2010 that the percentage being placed in the support group began its steady climb to its current height.

support group membership bar chart

You can download the latest work capability assessment statistics from this link.


#8 terry 2015-06-21 13:35
I have just been placed into W.R.A.G.I scored 18 points.at my Medical I thought that was enough points to be put into the Support Group.
#7 terry 2015-06-21 13:31
Just had my Medical for E.S.A.I was given 18 points,yet they put me into W.R.A.G.I phoned them up.and asked them to look at the Decision again.I was told that I would revive a phone call with in 14 days.He said in tha mean time,to try and get any more,or new evidence,that the new decision maker could look at,to help him to put me in the Support Groupe.I thought that I already had enough points to be placed into S.G. does anybody out there know if I have enough points.Thank You.
#6 Lisa Aldrich 2015-06-17 13:34
I waited for 23 months to hear about esa....it was only after writing to my mp twice that I had a result and was awarded esa...x
+1 #5 stuart52 2015-06-16 09:16
do the figures relate to new claims or do they include those in the transfere process? i only ask because they must be seriously behind the completion schedule for the IB/SDA/IS migration process, ihave been on IS since it first came in, think it was called supplementry benefits before then, anyway since 1986 and as yet i have heard nothing, one can only wonder just how long it will take to clear the backlog, i also hope that those facing a WCA get a fair hearing from maximus, think thats a case of watch this space.
#4 Frogman9 2015-06-16 07:48
I will soon have to go through it all again, although my conditions are worse I still expect the same outcome. I'm not looking forward to it.
#3 Wonko 2015-06-16 00:59
Mines just come up, causing much confusion, from Feb 2013.
+3 #2 buster 2015-06-15 22:59
So the success rate for ESA claimants had more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, 36% - 77%. And for the same period the amount of claimants being found fit for work had decreased by almost two thirds, 64% - 23%. Surely this is clear evidence that the Work Capability Assessments were in the early days far too harsh for claimants to pass; consequently, this must have contributed to the reported high proportion of claimants dying after being found fit for work?

Interestingly, it can be seen that in 2010 not long after the Tory led coalition government came in to power, and about the same time as George Osborne's maiden speech on "Welfare Reform", there was a drop in the number of ESA awards - coupled with a rise in claimants being declared fit for work. This suggests that DWP do indeed respond directly to popular political discourse when prompted by ministers, unfortunately over and above peoples' well-being, seemingly. It would be interesting to know how many people had actually died during this relatively short period, from Oct - Dec 2010 to Jan - Mar 2011? Of course we'll probably never find out - the DWP are doing such a good cover-up job.

#1 susieb 2015-06-15 17:20
I'm still waiting since November 2013

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