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FOI Response: ESA Sanction Decisions For Claimants By Condition

November 3, 2015

Information request
For each month from March 2012 to March 2015, please give the number of individuals who received an adverse, non -adverse and cancelled ESA sanction decisions broken down by the Summary International Classifications
of Diseases (i.e. Other; Mental and Behavioural Disorders; Diseases of the Nervous System; Diseases of the Circulatory or Respiratory System; Diseases of the Musculoskeletal system and Connective Tissue; and Injury,
Poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes).
By “number of individuals” what we are requesting is the same data as can be found in the DWP StatXplore software under “ESA Sanction Decisions –decisions on individuals”.
DWP response
Please note that the intention of sanctions is to encourage people to engage with the support being offered by Jobcentres by making it clearer to claimants what they are expected to do in return for their benefits. Sanctions are a necessary part of the benefits system. The overwhelming majority of benefit claimants take up the jobs support we offer, with a small minority facing a sanction for not doing so.
In response to your query the information you require is shown in the attached document (FOI 2015-3392 Response.xls). This includes information on the monthly number of ESA claimants with an adverse, non-adverse or cancelled sanction referral decision by the Summary International Classifications of Diseases as requested. The data covers the period March 2012 to March 2015.
Please note with respect to the data in more recently published months, care must be taken in using and interpreting this as these are subject to a high degree of revision.
Please ensure you read the notes before using and interpreting this data.
The figures supplied are derived from unpublished information and have not been quality assured to National Statistics or Official Statistics publication standard. They should therefore be treated with caution.
The tables containing the figures can be found here.
7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2015 10:47 am

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  2. November 3, 2015 10:47 am

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  3. November 3, 2015 10:52 am

    I cannot find any Tables when I click the clink, only more written info!! Is that a deliberate rouse by the DWP or just my inability to use a computer??!!

    • November 3, 2015 11:04 am

      The link to the tables is in the very last word of the post. They are in an Excel document. The first tab of the Excel document is written info, but the three tabs next to it (right at the bottom of the screen) are the tables.

      I know it’s complicated but unfortunately Excel documents cannot be copied/pasted

  4. November 3, 2015 12:51 pm

    I am in WRAG and my last WFI was, you won’t believe it, Feb 2013, 32 months ago, the interview lasted under 10 minutes and after she called my name and I got to her desk the first words out of her mouth was “I should be in the support group.” she pushed for a phone number as the previous ones they had for me were long out of date. I played dumb making out I didn’t know them, I don’t have a phone connected to the land line and my mobile is for friends and family and the DWP/JC+ are neither. She finished by writting on the bottom of my appointment letter for my son to call her and give her a contact number I copied it to the PC when I got home and filed it in the BIN the son didn’t even see the letter


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