Written Question on Employment and Support Allowance: Parkinson's Disease

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Date Title Questioner
5 Sep 2017, 11:21 a.m. Employment and Support Allowance: Parkinson's Disease Nick Thomas-Symonds

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson's disease have been placed in the (a) support group and (b) work-related activity group with a prognosis statement of (i) three months, (ii) six months, (iii) 12 months, (iv) 18 months, (v) two years and (vi) more than two years since the introduction of employment and support allowance in 2008.

Answer (Penny Mordaunt)

The information requested is shown in the table below.

Individuals with a main disabling condition of Parkinson’s disease placed in the Support Group (SG) or Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), by prognosis and assessment type, October 2008 to December 2016

Prognosis

Total

3 Months

6 Months

12 Months

18 Months

2 Years

In the longer term

Initial assessments

SG

2,000

-

-

200

100

300

1,300

WRAG

700

100

100

200

100

100

200

Repeat assessments

SG

1,200

-

-

100

100

200

1,000

WRAG

400

-

-

100

100

100

200

IB reassessments

SG

1,300

-

-

-

-

200

1,000

WRAG

300

-

-

-

-

100

100

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. The total includes those with a prognosis of terminally ill and also where the prognosis is unknown.
  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 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 Parkinson’s Disease would be based on their ability to carry out the range of activities assessed by the work capability assessment.

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