Employment and Support Allowance statistics including IBR cases

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I would be grateful for supply of the following information about Employment & Support Allowance claimants.

Employment & Support Allowance

(1a) In between October 2008 and August 2015, 5,929,780 claimants ‘on flowed’ to Employment & Support Allowance claimants and 3,614,570 ‘off flowed’ off Employment & Support Allowance.

From March 2011 onward the national roll out of the conversion of existing incapacity benefits to Employment & Support Allowance commenced. Work Capability Assessment outcome figures confirm that up to August 2015 (by month of referral) 1,148,800 claimants were assessed in to the main phases of the allowance in the Support Group. The overall conversion caseload including claimants found fit for work, in progress, and having closed their claim prior to assessment is 1,473,100 from table 10a of the most recent outcome statistics.

With the claimants I have referred to at (1a) please separate the statistics I am requesting at question (2) and (3) in to the following separate categories:

(A) Non conversion cases

(B) Conversion cases.

In respect of the following:

(2) Please let me have the following information about the statistical breakdown of the on flow and off flow statistics referred to at (1a):

(a) By age of claimant.

(b) By gender of claimant.

(c) By ICD coding or breakdown of health condition.

(d) By duration of claim.

(e) By phase.

(f) Of these claimants, how many had made one or more previous claim on the same benefit?

(3) Again, using the dates at (1b) (or any dates available within that range), please clarify the following:

(a) Numbers of claimants found fit for work after a Work Capability Assessment as an (a) initial claim, (b) as a repeat assessed claim, and (c) as an IBR claim.

(b) Numbers of claimants who met the ‘exceptional’ circumstance regulations.

Most of these statistics were available under the DWP Works and Pension Longitudinal Study and WCA outcome statistics and should therefore be available within the upper costs limit.

Many thanks for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Nick Dilworth

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Dear DWP IGS FOI,

Thank you for your reply of the 8th February and I am happy to clarify.

You said:

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 14 January 2018.
You asked:
“I would be grateful for supply of the following information about Employment &
Support Allowance claimants.
Employment & Support Allowance
(1a) In between October 2008 and August 2015, 5,929,780 claimants ‘on flowed’ to
Employment & Support Allowance claimants and 3,614,570 ‘off flowed’ off Employment
& Support Allowance.
From March 2011 onward the national roll out of the conversion of existing incapacity
benefits to Employment & Support Allowance commenced. Work Capability
Assessment outcome figures confirm that up to August 2015 (by month of referral)
1,148,800 claimants were assessed in to the main phases of the allowance in the
Support Group. The overall conversion caseload including claimants found fit for work,
in progress, and having closed their claim prior to assessment is 1,473,100 from table
10a of the most recent outcome statistics.
With the claimants I have referred to at (1a) please separate the statistics I am
requesting at question (2) and (3) in to the following separate categories:
(A) Non conversion cases
(B) Conversion cases.
In respect of the following:
(2) Please let me have the following information about the statistical breakdown of the
on flow and off flow statistics referred to at (1a):
(a) By age of claimant.
(b) By gender of claimant.
(c) By ICD coding or breakdown of health condition.
(d) By duration of claim.
(e) By phase.
(f) Of these claimants, how many had made one or more previous claim on the same
benefit?
(3) Again, using the dates at (1b) (or any dates available within that range), please clarify
the following:
(a) Numbers of claimants found fit for work after a Work Capability Assessment as an
(a) initial claim, (b) as a repeat assessed claim, and (c) as an IBR claim.
(b) Numbers of claimants who met the ‘exceptional’ circumstance regulations.
Most of these statistics were available under the DWP Works and Pension Longitudinal
Study and WCA outcome statistics and should therefore be available within the upper
costs limit.”
Unfortunately, we are unable to proceed with your request without clarification of the
information you wish to receive. To help us do so, we would like to know what you mean by
“the dates at (1b)” as there is not a (1b) section within your letter. Could you please clarify if
the paragraph beginning “From March 2011 onward” is supposed to be labelled as (1b) or if
the reference to (1b) should be (1a)?
Please note that if we do not receive appropriate clarification of your information requirements
within three months from the date of this letter, then we will consider your request closed.
If you have any queries about this letter please contact us quoting the reference number
above.
Yours sincerely,
DWP Central FoI Team
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I have modified my response as follows

“I would be grateful for supply of the following information about Employment &
Support Allowance claimants.

In between October 2008 and August 2015, 5,929,780 claimants ‘on flowed’ to
Employment & Support Allowance claimants and 3,614,570 ‘off flowed’ off Employment
& Support Allowance.

With the claimants I have referred to in my first paragraph; namely

In between October 2008 and August 2015, 5,929,780 claimants ‘on flowed’ to
Employment & Support Allowance claimants and 3,614,570 ‘off flowed’ off Employment
& Support Allowance.

Please break the above on flow and off flow statistics in to the following categories from March 2011 onwards:
(A) Non IBR conversion cases
(B) IBR Conversion cases.
(C) By age of claimant.
(D) By gender of claimant.
(E) By ICD coding or breakdown of health condition.
(F) By duration of claim.
(G) By phase.
(F) Of these claimants, how many had made one or more previous claim on the same
benefit?
(G)Numbers of claimants who were placed in to the ESA Support Group by way of physical and or mental health risk (‘exceptional’ circumstance regulations) in both new ESA and also IBR claims.

I look forwarding to receiving this information.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Dilworth

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