Written Question on Employment and Support Allowance

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Date Title Questioner
5 Sep 2017, 11:13 a.m. Employment and Support Allowance Nick Thomas-Symonds

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants with (a) cystic fibrosis, (b) rheumatoid arthritis, (c) motor neurone disease, (d) multiple sclerosis and (e) Parkinson's disease have been (i) placed in the support group, (ii) placed in the work-related activity group and (iii) found fit for work since 2008.

Answer (Penny Mordaunt)

The available information is shown in the following table:

Individuals placed in the Support Group (SG), Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) or found Fit for Work (FFW), by assessment type and main disabling condition October 2008 to December 2016

Initial assessments

Cystic Fibrosis

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Parkinson's Disease

Multiple Sclerosis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

SG

1,000

1,400

2,000

9,000

4,200

WRAG

100

100

700

2,700

3,600

FFW

100

-

700

2,100

4,900

Repeat assessments

SG

500

300

1,200

8,800

5,200

WRAG

100

-

400

1,700

2,900

FFW

-

-

100

500

1,500

IBR assessments

SG

600

200

1,300

16,100

6,500

WRAG

100

-

300

2,600

5,000

FFW

-

-

-

300

1,200


Source: Application data is derived from administrative data held by the DWP and assessment data provided by the Healthcare Provider.

Notes:

  1. The figures are rounded to the nearest 100. ‘–‘denotes figures that are zero or less than 50.
  2. The information is provided for Work Capability Assessment decisions made from October 2008, for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and from March 2011, for Incapacity Benefit reassessments (IBR), to December 2016; the latest data available at time of request.
  3. The outcome recorded is the final DWP Decision Maker’s decision or the recommendation made by the Healthcare Professional where the Decision Maker’s decision is not yet available.
  4. An individual may have made more than one ESA claim and had more than one assessment in the time period shown. These individuals will only be counted once in each of the figures provided.
  5. The Department uses the International Classification of Diseases Disease code, 10th Revision (ICD(10)) published by the World Health Organisation, for causes of incapacity. http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd10/browse/2016/en - Motor Neurone Disease is recorded under the Spinal Muscular Atrophy and related syndromes category.
  6. The primary medical condition recorded on the claim form does not itself confer entitlement to ESA. So, for example, a decision on entitlement for a customer claiming ESA on the basis of Cystic Fibrosis would be based on their ability to carry out the range of activities assessed by the work capability assessment.

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