Here are the DWP's November 2012 headline figures for ESA migration.
Figures in this issue cannot reflect the final outcomes, because they do not include:
· effect of appeals still lodged in the legal system; and
· claims with no outcome yet recorded.
For these reasons it is likely that the statistics underestimate the proportion of
claimants who will ultimately be awarded ESA, by greater amounts for more recent
Outcomes of initial assessments adjusted to account for outcomes after appeals for
incapacity benefits claimants referred for reassessment between December 2011 and
February 2012 show:
· 91 per cent of claimants have an outcome i.e. decisions have been made on
· 3 per cent of claimants had their claim closed before having an outcome; and
· 6 per cent of claimants were still undergoing assessment. Claimants with an outcome for their claim can be broken down as follows:
· 64 per cent of claimants were entitled to the benefit. Within this –
o 39 per cent of claimants were placed in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG),
o 25 per cent of claimants were placed in the Support Group (SG); and
· 36 per cent of claimants were assessed as Fit for Work (FFW) and are not
entitled to ESA.