Incapacity Benefit: Tribunals

Justice written question – answered on 4th April 2011.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals concerning incapacity benefit claims were awaiting listing by the Tribunals Service in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the average time was from the admission of an appeal to the case being heard by a tribunal in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

There are always a number of 'live' appeals in the First-tier Tribunal-Social Security and Child Support progressing through the stages of receipt, decision and promulgation. The number of incapacity appeals awaiting listing for a hearing as at 28 February 2011, the latest date for which statistics have been published, was 8,600. The average time taken by the tribunal from receipt of an incapacity benefit appeal to a hearing, over the period April 2010 to the end of February 2011, was 21.1 weeks.

The functions of the Tribunals Service have now transferred into Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service which was launched on 1 April 2011. This brings together Her Majesty's Courts Service and the Tribunals Service into one agency supporting the administration of justice in both courts and tribunals.

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