Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
In March 2011 amendments to the ESA regulations resulted in the modification of WCA descriptors and the deletion of some of these as no longer relevant. As these descriptors are claimed to relate to actual work environments I am requesting the following employment-related data.
1. Does the DWP keep records of the various Occupational Classification categories which those claiming a health-related benefit (such as ESA or DLA) fell into prior to them giving up work.
2. If so, can you please release figures to date for this?
3. If possible a further breakdown into the numbered sections of those categories would be requested, so as to identify more closely the distribution of occupations amongst claimants, demonstrating type of work that is most/least prevalent etc.
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