This is the phrase that The UK Statistics Authority uses to guide its mathematicians:
“Numbers should be a light, not a crutch”
On 25 Nov 2013 Ester Mcvey stated that “We would usually expect this (Mandatory Reconsideration) to take around 14 days
In the latest data provided by The Government claims that the average waiting time for an Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) has been reduced to an average of 13 calendar days
Most people would look at this and think well done DWP
A closer look paints an entirely different picture.
The graph below shows that :
The waiting time for 52% was within 14days
This means that 48% waited longer than 14days
23% waited 15-30 days
25% waited over 30days.
Since October 2013 there were 177,000 MR requests
SO IN FACT
92,040 requests were cleared within 14days while 84,960 requests were not.
40,710 took 15-30days
44,250 took over 30days
Unfortunately there is not a breakdown for this last set of statistics, so we do not know how how long and how many people waited over 30days.
We also do not know how many of these 84960 people signed onto Jobseekers Allowance
and of these how many were sanctioned
We do know that Citizens Advice estimate that around 29,000 sick and disabled people were left without any benefits and therefore did not have access to Hardship Payments! Read more on this issue on my blog ” The comply or starve tactics from Iain Duncan Smith and his Department of Work and Pensions”
We do know that before the changes to the appeal system 42% of claimants who appeal against a decision of being “found fit for work won their appeal against that decision!
I call on this Government to provide this information so that we can really see how the changes to the appeal system is working.