Tribunals: Disability Living Allowance

Justice written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeal tribunals relating to disability living allowance took place in each of the smallest administrative areas for which figures are available in each of the last five years.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The Tribunals Service is only able to provide figures for each administrative area from 2007-08. Prior to this, disability living allowance appeals were administered by the Appeals Service, an agency of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The DWP is unable to break down its figures in the way the hon. Member has requested.

The First-tier Tribunal-Social Security and Child Support has seven administrative centres across the country. The following information is the most comprehensive that the Tribunals Service Management Information system can provide.

Disability living allowance: clearances at hearing by centre
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 (up to 28 February 2010)( 1)
Birmingham (East and West Midlands and East of England Government Office Regions) and (London Government(2) Office Region) * * 6,445 8,846 9,054
Cardiff (Wales) and South West Government Office Region * * 7,931 7,285 7,269
Glasgow (Scotland) * * 9,601 8,220 6,803
Leeds (Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region) * * 5,095 5,382 4,330
North West (North West Government Office Region) * * 8,034 8,563 8,090
Newcastle (North East Government Office Region) * * 3,535 3,452 3,228
Nottingham(3) * * 12,847 8,824 5,021
Sutton(4) (South East and London(2) Government Office Regions) * * 4,342 3,308 4,282
Total 71,125 65,088 57,830 53,880 48,077
"*" = Figures for April 2006 to March 2007 are unavailable.

(1) Figures provided for April 2009 to February 2010 are provisional and subject to further change.

(2) Covers whole of Government Office Region London except Hillingdon, Harrow, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Hackney which are covered by Birmingham.

(3) The Nottingham office transferred its caseload which covered the East Midlands, East of England and part of the London region (see 2 above) to the Birmingham office on 18 December 2009.

(4) Prior to 29 June 2009, part of Sutton's caseload was administered by the Nottingham office and is included in the Nottingham figures up until that date.

Notes:

1. Figures provided for financial years April 2007 to February 2010 were extracted from GAPS 2 (Generic Appeals Processing System) Statistical Summary Reports dated 25 March 2010.

2. Figures prior to April 2007 supplied by DWP. From April 2006 there was a transitional period when DWP recorded data on more than one computer system (GAPS 1 and GAPS 2). Some information was not updated on the system and as a result a breakdown by area is not available.

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