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DWP Central Freedom of Information Team 
e-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx 
Our Ref: FoI 677 
Date: 15 March 2018 
 
Dear Kerry Michael Levins Esq, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 19 February 2018. You asked: 
 
“I would be keen to receive statistical data relating to the number of PIP (formerly DLA) 
and ESA (formerly IB) claims made, the number of these claims which are approved / 
agreed and the number which are declined / rejected.  Furthermore the number of 
cases by time frame which have been appealed and the number of appeals which 
resulting in a decision being over turned and / or an award upgraded. If possible this 
data should be presented by month of decision or appeal, since 1st January 2001”. 
 
 
 
DWP Response 
 
We can confirm that we hold some information falling within the description specified in 
your request. However, we estimate that the cost of complying with your request would 
exceed the appropriate limit for central Government, set by regulations at £600. This 
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 3½ working days in determining 
whether the Department holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting it. 
Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act the Department is not therefore 
obliged to comply with your request and we will not be processing it further.  
 
Under section 16 of the Act we are required to assist you in narrowing your request so 
that it may fall beneath the cost limit. Once you have reviewed the information below 
you may wish to narrow your request by specifying a suitable time period date that is in 
line with the published Official Statistics (see below). We will consider afresh any 
revised request however we cannot guarantee that any revised request will fall within 
the cost limit. 
 
The Department publishes official statistics on recipients of various benefits including 
Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Employment 
and Support Allowance (ESA) and Incapacity Benefit (IB) here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions/about/statistics with the 
latest ‘Quarterly Benefit Summary’ available here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/dwp-benefits-statistical-summaries-2018 
  
Further breakdowns of some of these statistics including PIP monthly clearances by 
type (i.e. whether a claim was awarded or disallowed) can also be found on our Stat-
Xplore website here: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/ 
 
Guidance on how to extract the information required from Stat-Xplore can be found at: 
https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html 

 
If you have any difficulties extracting the relevant information please let us know. 
 
Statistics on recipients of a wide range of DWP benefits including DLA, ESA and IB are 
also published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and can be accessed via their 
NOMIS website at: http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/  
 
Information on the benefits can be found in the ‘Query data’ section. If you have any 
difficulties extracting the relevant information then contact details for ONS can be found 
here: http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/home/contacts.asp 
 
Official Statistics on the number of appeals and the numbers over-turned by benefit 
type are published by the Ministry of Justice on a quarterly basis. The latest data was 
published in December 2017 in “Tribunals and gender recognition certificate statistics 
quarterly – July to September 2017”. Tables SSCS.1 shows the number of appeals 
received, SSCS.2 shows the number of appeal disposals and SSCS.3 shows the 
outcomes for appeals cleared at hearing. The data can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-certificate-statistics-quarterly-
july-to-september-2017 
 
PIP which replaces DLA was introduced on 8 April 2013. ESA was introduced in 
October 2008. 
 
I will consider afresh any revised request however I cannot guarantee that any revised 
request will fall within the cost limit.  
 
Please note that if I do not receive appropriate clarification within three months from the 
date of this letter your request will be treated as closed. 
 
 
 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference 
number above. 
 
 
 
Yours sincerely,  
 
DWP Strategy FoI Team 
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