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ESA Support Group Numbers Rising Says OBR

November 30, 2015

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has revised up its estimate of the proportion of employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants who will be placed in the support group.

A brief note in the OBR’s ‘Economic and fiscal outlook’ document, written to accompany the chancellor’s Autumn statement, states:

“We have also revised up spending on incapacity benefits, assuming that 38 per cent of claims will be in the more expensive support group of employment and support allowance (ESA) in steady state (up from 30 per cent in our July forecast).”

There is no explanation for why the numbers have risen so suddenly and are expected to stay remain so high. However, it is known that Maximus are having considerable difficulty recruiting sufficient health professionals, meaning that there is still a huge backlog of work capability reassessments.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2015 3:53 pm

    How come in the 5 years I have been in ESA WRAG the 2 WFI’s I have had they have both said I should be in the support group, could they just now, after nearly 8 years becoming to believe that people are not faking their illness and that the few who are, are either been caught out or not going to assessments but finding work or self employment and topping up with benefits

  2. November 30, 2015 5:29 pm

    Reblogged this on FibroFlutters – Support Group Weblog and commented:
    Interesting read, thankyou for sharing 🙂

  3. November 30, 2015 7:23 pm

    Reblogged this on campertess and commented:

  4. mili68 permalink
    November 30, 2015 8:25 pm

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  5. mili68 permalink
    November 30, 2015 8:25 pm

    Tweeted @melissacade68

  6. December 1, 2015 6:46 am

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.

  7. Mark permalink
    December 10, 2015 8:23 am

    I am on ESA wrag. If i apply for ESA support group will my current benefit be stopped while a decision is made about my new claim?

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