Collection

Employment and Support Allowance: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments

Work Capability Assessment outcomes, appeals and mandatory reconsiderations for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims.

This collection brings together statistics on:

  • ESA Work Capability Assessment outcomes
  • appeals decisions and mandatory reconsiderations for ESA claims (including re-assessed Incapacity Benefit claims)
  • monthly median ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations clearance times
  • experimental cohort statistics covering the ESA Work Capability Assessment process
  • ESA Work Capability Assessment clearance times for initial claims

Data is released on a quarterly basis through Stat-Xplore.

Latest release

DWP publish historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data which is usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement.

Previous releases

Published 25 July 2013
Last updated 10 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the latest release of ESA statistics: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: September 2020.

  2. Added a link to the latest release of ESA statistics: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: June 2020.

  3. Added latest release of ESA statistics: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2019.

  4. Added latest release of ESA statistics: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2019.

  5. Note added that the next release of these statistics will be on 13 December 2019.

  6. Added latest release of ESA statistics: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: September 2019.

  7. Added latest release of ESA statistics for outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals

  8. Added latest release of ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: March 2019 statistics.

  9. Added latest release of ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2018 statistics.

  10. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: September 2018' to the latest release section.

  11. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: June 2018' to the latest release section.

  12. Added information about planned improvements to the Work Capability Assessment statistics.

  13. Added a note stating that DWP is investigating a discrepancy with the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit.

  14. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals: March 2018'.

  15. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals: December 2017'.

  16. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals: September 2017'.

  17. Published a note that the next release of these statistics on 14 September 2017 will also include information on ESA WCA clearance times for initial claims.

  18. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: June 2017'.

  19. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: March 2017'.

  20. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2016'.

  21. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: September 2016'.

  22. Added statistics on 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Sep 2015 and appeals to Mar 2016'.

  23. Updated message about the delay to the 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments' statistics, which will now be published on 6 July 2016.

  24. Published 'ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations: data to April 2016' and message about a delay to 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments' which were due to be published on 9 June 2016.

  25. Added - ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to June 2015 and appeals to December 2015.

  26. Published 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Mar 2015 and appeals to Sept 2015'.

  27. Added - ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Dec 2014 and appeals to Jun 2015.

  28. Published latest statistics on the outcomes of Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance claims made to September 2014 and appeals to March 2015.

  29. Added statistics on 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to June 2014 and appeals to Dec 2014'.

  30. Updated date of next statistical release to 12 March 2015.

  31. Added 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessment: claims made to March 2014 and appeals to Sept 2014'.

  32. Published statistics on Work Capability Assessments for claims started October to December 2013, and appeals data to June 2014.

  33. Published ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments June 2014. Updated advice on processing error.

  34. Removed old guidance on future DWP publications being aligned with Ministry of Justice release schedule.

  35. Published note regarding a processing error with Appeal data for the period June to December 2013.

  36. Published ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments March 2014

  37. Specific policies and statements related to the DWP Employment and Support Allowance: outcomes of Work Capability Assessment statisticspublished and link added to the page.

  38. ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments January 2014 statistics published

  39. Update added regarding future statistical releases

  40. Updated information regarding appeals and release of statistics.

  41. Published 'ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments October 2013' statistics and user views questionnaire.

  42. First published.