As far as I can tell, George Osborne has just abolished the WRAG group of ESA in his Autumn Statement. Details are scant at the moment as it was rather just thrown out. Loading Tweet... https://twitter.com/statuses/669507844857810944 We don't know who makes up this cohort, but I expect it will be whoever is in the WRAG, plus whoever they can throw out of the support group when the medical has changed. This follows the budget when WRAG payments were reduced to the level of JSA, so it appears to be a return to a one tier Incapacity system, but with a tighter medical. Four fifths of successful new claims currently go into the support group but, along with earlier statements, the 1 million figure suggests that this will be harder to attain. There are 2.3 million people on ESA overall, so cutting out a million means significant numbers from the support group may go. If this isn't just spin to cover their tracks. As I say, no real detail as yet. God only knows what will happen now. Numbers have risen hugely in recent years (the numbers going into the support group alone are analogous with old Incapacity Benefit numbers), but it looks like many very ill people who are currently hanging on in the WRAG are going to be put through the wringer, and possibly some in the support group as well.