Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

DWP has confirmed that up to 180,000 benefit claimants have been underpaid and are due refunds. It is estimated that the average refund will be £5,000 but may be more for some individuals.

The DWP said that the backdated payments totalled £970m. It now also faced a larger bill for ongoing ESA awards, costing the department more than £700m extra until 2024-25, bringing the total cost to £1.67bn.

Frank Field, who chairs the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, said:

The Work and Pensions Committee has published the Government's response to its inquiries into Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Equality & Diversity
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Easy read

DWP has published an easy-read version of their notes sheet about Employment and Support Allowance (EAS). The full range of guidance notes are at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employment-and-support-allowa...

 

It's been revealed that a record number of Persoanl Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) appeals are now resulting in the overturning of DWP assessment decisions. In the past three months, independent tribunals ruled in favour of claimants in 69% of appeal cases for both benefits. This represents the highest percentage ever for PIP over a three month period.

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report looking into how PIP (Personal Independence Payments) and ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) assessments are conducted. The report says public contract failures have led to a loss of trust that risks undermining the operation of major disability benefits.

The decision to contract out PIP and ESA assessments in the first instance was taken to introduce efficient, consistent and objective tests for benefit eligibility. 

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Research

DWP has published research which seeks to understand how people move from work to claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Main findings • Around one-fifth (19 per cent) of all claimants moved straight from work to claiming ESA without any period of sickness absence. A further 45 per cent did have a period of sickness absence prior to leaving work (36 per cent were paid and 9 per cent unpaid). The remainder, 36 per cent, were unemployed immediately before making their ESA claim.

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