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Latest DWP Stats Show That Fewer Claimants Are Being Awarded ESA

January 20, 2016

The DWP latest statistical release claims that the number of people getting an award of employment and support allowance (ESA) or incapacity benefit (IB) has begun to fall.

Figures released today show that claims reached a high of 2,533,220 in February 2015 but are estimated to have fallen to 2,495,000 by November 2015. Whilst a drop of 38,000 is a small one, well under 2%, the continuing fall in estimated numbers has been sustained for some months.

esa IB claims graph

The DWP do not attempt to give any explanation for why numbers are falling.

You can download the full document here.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah Davis permalink
    January 20, 2016 2:47 pm

    I can give an explanation as to why the figures are falling – it’s because they’re failing so many people at their medicals. If everyone appealed they’d likely win and the figures would go back up again. The whole thing is an appalling waste of time and money. I don’t know the figures but from what I’ve read most people fail their medicals but are reinstated after what must be fairly costly appeals. I’d be interested to find out how much the DWP have spent on appeals that have overturned their decision.

    • January 20, 2016 2:57 pm

      The problem is, you can’t appeal till MR has completed… MR has no set time limit, and you get no money unless you sign on to JSA, you can’t get JSA unless you are “fit” so you end up in limbo where you can’t get JSA because you are unwell, and you can’t get ESA because you are “fit for work”… some months later you pass the MR stage and can then officially appeal, assuming you live long enough! So people lie and say they are well enough to get JSA, then get turned down for ESA because they are well enough for JSA. Not so much a war on poverty, more a war against the sick and poor.

      • Sarah Davis permalink
        January 20, 2016 5:24 pm

        The system is so flawed. I don’t think anyone ever wins the MR. I went through the whole process myself and when I went to the job centre, while waiting to get the appeal date, was hugely insulted by my interviewer who told me I needed to pull myself together and get out to work. I left in pieces and couldn’t go back so had 4 weeks with no money and had to survive on foodbanks. Made my condition so much worse. I won easily on appeal without even attending, it was that obvious that the DWP had made a mistake claiming I was fit to work

  2. January 20, 2016 3:23 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast and commented:
    Indeed and I’m one of them, support group to zero points now awaiting tribunal

  3. Florence permalink
    January 20, 2016 5:21 pm

    The fact that the numbers on ESA don’t go down significantly has been a source of irritation for IDS, especially the numbers with MH problems. Indeed I would suggest that the drop in JSA claims is because so many have ended up with MH and physical problems after being subject to the DWP regime. It’s an area that needs investigating, urgently. Plus many in low paid jobs in poverty, failing to provide for their families despite working so very hard, is also going to add to the MH figures. There is strong evidence from peer-reviewed papers that DWP activity in an area can be directly linked to increased MH problems, higher prescribing of anti-depressants too.

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