ESA Support Group Numbers Rising Says OBR

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With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has revised up its estimate of the proportion of employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants who will be placed in the support group.

A brief note in the OBR’s ‘Economic and fiscal outlook’ document, written to accompany the chancellor’s Autumn statement, states:

“We have also revised up spending on incapacity benefits, assuming that 38 per cent of claims will be in the more expensive support group of employment and support allowance (ESA) in steady state (up from 30 per cent in our July forecast).”

There is no explanation for why the numbers have risen so suddenly and are expected to stay remain so high. However, it is known that Maximus are having considerable difficulty recruiting sufficient health professionals, meaning that there is still a huge backlog of work capability reassessments.

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Major Delays For Forced DLA-PIP Transfers

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With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has said that it now expects the DWP to take 45% longer than planned to reassess all working age disability living allowance (DLA) claimants for personal independence payment (PIP). The OBR still expects only 74% of DLA claimants to get an award of PIP, however, leading 400,000 current DLA claimant losing out entirely.

Atos and Capita blamed
The DWP had planned to have moved all working age claimants off DLA by the end of September 2017. However, the OBR says it now expects the DWP and its contractors, Capita and Atos, to reassess 35,000 fewer claimants per month in 2016-17, a 45% reduction. The OBR now believes that the reassessment process will not be completed until 2018-19.

The OBR’s ‘Economic and fiscal outlook’ document, written to accompany the chancellor’s Autumn statement warns that the DLA to PIP…

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Tory MPs wined and dined at restaurant paid for by ‘independent’ Tory bullying inquiry lawyers

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David Cameron

David Cameron is claiming the Conservative Party’s inquiry into the Tory bullying scandal is “independent”:

“There is an independent lawyer from Clifford Chance, who will oversee that process and make sure that it reaches clear conclusions from the evidence that comes through.”

But if Clifford Chance is so independent of the Tories – how come the law firm has been dishing out cash for members of the party’s influential 1922 Committee to party at the prestigious and VERY expensive Marco Pierre White Rooftop Restaurant?

From Lord Ashcroft’s Party Conference Diary:

“How to win the majority we want will be a major theme for Conservative Home’s conference events – not least this evening’s joint party with the 1922 Committee, generously sponsored by Clifford Chance, at the Marco Pierre White Rooftop Restaurant”

So not actually all that independent then…

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