700,000 people were waiting for assessments

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lankou

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27796739

11 June 2014 Last updated at 13:00
Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by a benefits backlog, the government has said.

Minister for Disabled People Mike Penning told a committee of MPs that more than 700,000 people were waiting for assessments.

He said the assessments were for employment and support allowance (ESA).

Ricardomeister

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Those figures are as unacceptable as they are unsurprising given the chaos in the system. They are even worse if you bear in mind that Atos are now only receiving new claims and a few ESA renewals where there has been a change of circumstances (as per Lisa Coleman, Senior Vice President, Atos Healthcare at the Work & Pensions Committee session on Monday). The DWP's figures for ESA WCA outcomes show a very sharp decline in the caseload so that makes the 700,000 figure even worse.

It would be interesting to know what the average time for each assessment to be completed has now reached (the DWP produced some figures a couple of years ago where the average was 19/20 weeks and Mark Hoban gave some figures last year where he confirmed that only 18% of cases were dealt with within the supposed 13 week assessment period).

Edit: I am not sure where the BBC get their "more than 3 million people on ESA" figure from as the number of people claiming all forms of incapacity benefits has never reached such a figure (as per the DWP statistical summaries and benefit expenditure tables).
« Last Edit: 11 Jun 2014 01:31PM by Ricardomeister »

ditchdwellers

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Good to see this news on the front page of the BBC website,  getting the exposure it demands.

Sorry not to see any constructive solutions to the problem  >erm<

lankou

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Edit: I am not sure where the BBC get their "more than 3 million people on ESA" figure from as the number of people claiming all forms of incapacity benefits has never reached such a figure (as per the DWP statistical summaries and benefit expenditure tables).

Neither am I.  I have complained to the BBC because the latest dataset was only published this morning:-
Path to data:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?keywords=&publication_filter_option=statistics&topics%5B%5D=all&departments%5B%5D=department-for-work-pensions&official_document_status=all&world_locations%5B%5D=all&from_date=&to_date=

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-statistical-summaries-2014

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/318818/stats_summary_jun14.pdf

The working-age ESA/IB early estimate for April 2014 is 2.485 million to the nearest 5,000. This represents an increase of 1.2 per cent since November 2013 (the latest National Statistic). As the Incapacity Benefit reassessment continues, users should be aware that there may be increased uncertainty around these early estimates.

Ricardomeister

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Looking at the DWP tabulation tool it shows that there were 320,000 in the assessment phase when the coalition took over. That had risen to 508,000 by Nov 2013 (the latest available figures on the tab tool) so they have seemingly added another couple of hundred thousand in just a few months.

http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/100pc/esa/ccdate/esa_phase/a_carate_r_ccdate_c_esa_phase.html

Of course one of the "benefits" for the coalition of the assessment phase taking longer and longer is that more people will recover and close their claim, leading to the sort of rubbish spouted by the likes of Grant Shapps and the Telegraph last year.

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Those figures are as unacceptable as they are unsurprising given the chaos in the system. They are even worse if you bear in mind that Atos are now only receiving new claims and a few ESA renewals where there has been a change of circumstances (as per Lisa Coleman, Senior Vice President, Atos Healthcare at the Work & Pensions Committee session on Monday). The DWP's figures for ESA WCA outcomes show a very sharp decline in the caseload so that makes the 700,000 figure even worse.

Hi, is there a Hansard etc report of this meeting? I tried to find it and can't! I need to write to my MO about it as he assured me that my reassessment would happen in January at the end of my 3 years.....

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lankou

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Hi, is there a Hansard etc report of this meeting? I tried to find it and can't! I need to write to my MO about it as he assured me that my reassessment would happen in January at the end of my 3 years.....

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Direct from the secretary of the W&P committee by email to me this morning:-

Many thanks for your email.

The transcripts of this week’s meetings will be available on line tomorrow afternoon.
(Friday.)

   

Many thanks

Emma Sawyer


Fizzbw

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Oh brilliant thank you :)

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