Evidence given to the Commons Work and Pensions committee by the DWP and by Atos last week has shed a little more light on the confusion around which groups of employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants are currently being sent for a work capability (WCA) medical assessment.
Currently there is a backlog of 700,000 cases awaiting assessment. According to information given to the BBC by the DWP:
- 394,000 are new claimants for ESA.
- 234,000 are existing ESA claimants whose re-referrals have been delayed.
- 84,000 are people still on incapacity benefit who have not yet been moved over to ESA.
New claims are still being sent to Atos for assessment in the normal way, but because of the backlog they are taking much longer to be seen.
IB to ESA reassessments
There are still 800,000 incapacity benefit claimants waiting to be assessed for…
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