“Numbers should be a light, not a crutch”

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




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.







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15 responses to ““Numbers should be a light, not a crutch”

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  3. I would expect nothing less of them for afteral they are nothing but practiced masters in the duplicitous dissembling statement.

  4. Carmen

    If somebody were to calculate averages in this way in a GCSE mathematics exam, they would fail.

  5. Mr. Arthur Phillipson

    Do the government staff need to retake their GCSE maths exams?

  6. Puck de Raadt/ CRN

    Is there an MP lined up to do a PQ on this when it reaches Parliament?

  7. we the People, do not count, MPs are far more interested in what they can get from the system, they look after themselves and, who are we, we are the idiots who vote them in, and they wonder why half the nation do not vote, we have yet to find a party worthy to vote in.

  8. John W D Cooper

    The so called average is the median i.e. the time elapsed by 50% of the population – it is not the average. Such deception is often used by politicians in defining ‘average’ salaries etc.

  9. Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    Well, well, well.
    Not good news for those involved.
    Thank you for revealing this.

  10. Hilary Gregory

    Great you are doing this for everyone. Thank you so much.

    My sister was saved by a tribunal hearing but what of the waiting time and of those that are not. She should never have been thought fit in the first place, having had a stroke that had left severe damage to her ability to cope with everyday life.

    The current attack on the vulnerable is negligence and where there is a death it is constructive manslaughter by the state.

    Very good luck with all you are doing. Keep up the good work,

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