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Waiting Times On Phone To DWP Rocket

September 18, 2018

Benefits And Work ask how long you’ve spent on hold. Same Difference shares their shock at the figures and would be very interested in your answers to the question, readers.

Waiting times for employment and support allowance (ESA) enquiries have rocketed over the last five years, and may actually be much worse than the DWP admits. We would like to hear from Benefits and Work readers about their experiences of trying to get through to the DWP on the phone.

In a written parliamentary answer this week, the government revealed that waiting times for an answer to an ESA enquiry had risen from an average of 1 minute 25 seconds in 2013-2014 to an average of 13 minutes and one second in 2017-2018.

However, the time does not include time spent having to listen to messages before being placed in a queue or the waiting times of callers who eventually gave up. The first of these would clearly increase the waiting times and the second may well have done.

No details were given of the percentage of callers who abandoned their attempts after a lengthy wait or how long that wait was.

In relation to PIP, the wait times over the same period have increased from 2 minutes and 5 seconds to 4 minutes and 11 seconds.

The figures didn’t cover the universal credit helpline.

We’d like to hear from readers about their experience of trying to get through to the DWP on the phone. Not just how long you had to wait but also whether you actually got an answer to your query when you finally got through or whether you were simply placed on hold or even cut off, as some people have reported.

You can read the full figures on the parliament website.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Audrey Pool permalink
    September 18, 2018 2:01 am

    I don’t know anyone phoning pip with an enquiry whose call is ever answered that quickly.My personal record before I gave up was 1 hour 43 minutes ,I hate vivaldi !Never been answered in under 15 minutes .

  2. September 18, 2018 6:39 pm

    1 hour & 50mins waiting for someone to answer!, I quite like Vivaldi but there is a limit!!

  3. Heather Hooper permalink
    September 19, 2018 1:10 am

    I called last week. 28 minutes.

  4. John Hadley permalink
    November 25, 2020 12:50 am

    My wife waiting on the phone for over three and half hours! Someone came on 45 minutes ago, transferred her. Still waiting!


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