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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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