ESA and the Work Related Activity Group

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I wish to request information regarding Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and the Work Related Activity Group.

Within the last 3 and a half years, how many applications have been successful for ESA, including those migrated from other benefits?

Of these successful applications, how many claimants have been placed in to the Work Related Activity Group?

How many ESA claimants in this group have had sanctions placed on their benefit?

On average, what was the most common reason for sanctions to be placed on a claimants benefit?

How many ESA claimants, who have been placed in the Work Related Activity Group, have since died?

How does this compare prior to the introduction of the Work Related Activity Group?

Is there any information on how many claimants have suffered a relapse in their overall condition since being placed in the Work Related Activity Group? This includes, but is not limited to, attempted suicide, suicide, general physical heath, and mental health.

How many ESA claimants have successfully appealed the decision to be placed in the Work Related Activity Group?

How many complaints have been made by either a claimant’s family or the claimant themselves with regards to the treatment the claimant has received from job centre plus staff?

How many ESA claimants have been successfully put in to work placements?

And finally…
What is the position of the DWP regarding claimants who have been placed in to the Work Related Activity Group, but are finding it difficult to attend “Work Focused” interviews due to the nature of their condition?

For example…
A claimant has a circadian rhythm sleep disorder. This leaves them unable to forecast an exact day or time that they will be awake in order to make work focused interviews with a job centre plus advisor, the very same problem that has left them unemployed in the first place.

If the claimant with such a condition stops attending a number of interviews, makes little progress with the allocated advisor or cannot fulfil the expected requirements due to the effects of their medical condition, will sanctions be placed on the claimants benefit?

Yours Faithfully

Richard W B Jarvis

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Dear DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request,

I am equiring as to why you have not responded to this FOI request and have not informed or given any reason for the delay?

Yours sincerely,

Richard Jarvis

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'ESA and the Work Related Activity Group'.

It has been 4 months since I submitted this request, and during this period of time, I have only received automated responses acknowledging my communications.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
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Yours faithfully,

Richard Jarvis

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DWP DWP Medical Services Correspondence, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Mr Jarvis

Please find enclosed a response to your request for a review of the
information previously supplied under the Freedom of Information Act by
the Medical Services Contract Correspondence Team Freedom of Information
Internal Review Officer, who apologises for the delay in providing you
with a response to your original request.

<<3673-IR496 Response Mr Jarvis.pdf>>

This response was emailed last night but its issue was rejected by the DWP
system.

Kind regards

Medical Services Contract Correspondence Unit, Department for Work and
Pensions, Room 306, Block 3, Norcross, Norcross Lane, Blackpool, FY5 3TA
Tel 01253 611556, extn 69956

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DWP DWP Medical Services Correspondence, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Mr Jarvis,

Please find attached response in connection with your Freedom of
Information request.

Thank you

Correspondence Team
DWP Medical Services Contracts Correspondence Team | Department for Work
and Pensions | DWP Contracted Customer Services Directorate | 306, Block 3
| North Fylde Central Office | Norcross | FY5 3TA| Tel: 01253 611537 | 
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