Figures released last week prove that the employment and support allowance assessment system is on the verge of complete collapse.
The latest quarterly statistics show that just 28% of claims made between nine and twelve months ago have been assessed. The majority of claimants either get better before the DWP gets round to assessing them or are still waiting up to a year later to have their work capability assessment (WCA).
The March 2014 quarterly statistics cover claims made between April 2013 and June 2013. They show that 39% of ESA claimants got better – or possibly died – before the Department of Work and Pensions managed to make a decision on their claim. An astonishing 33% are still waiting now for a medical and/or a decision. This leaves just 28% who have gone through the full ESA assessment process.
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