Appeals: Disability Living Allowance

Justice written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average waiting time for a disability living allowance appeal to be heard was in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency, (b) East Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and Humber in each of the last five years.

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

The table shows the average waiting time in weeks for an appeal against a disability living allowance decision from receipt at HM Courts and Tribunals Service to disposal from April 2007 to October 2011 (the latest period for which statistics have been published) in the tribunal venues serving Yorkshire and Humber.

The Doncaster and Hull venues serve appellants living in the Haltemprice and Howden constituency as well as other nearby locations; the Doncaster, Grimsby and Hull venues serve appellants living in East Yorkshire and the surrounding area.

The figures provided in the table include cases that were decided by a tribunal hearing and those that were disposed of by other means (such as being withdrawn, superseded or struck out).

Disability living allowance appeals
  Average waiting times in weeks
  2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 YTD October 2011
Barnsley 9.0 10.9 12.4 18.8 24.3
Bradford 10.7 12.0 12.2 19.7 28.2
Doncaster 9.2 11.9 12.2 21.0 28.1
Grimsby 7.6 16.1 17.0 23.4 28.6
Huddersfield and Wakefield 11.1 12.1 13.4 21.3 28.3
Hull 10.4 12.4 14.2 22.3 27.5
Leeds 10.0 11.6 11.3 16.0 20.2
Scarborough 10.2 12.9 12.4 21.2 29.5
Sheffield 8.9 12.0 13.2 20.6 30.6
York 9.9 9.4 10.7 16.9 26.0
Notes: 1. Data is taken from management information. 2. Individual cases can have a disproportionate impact on the overall data at venue level due to the relatively low volumes involved.

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