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Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to HM Courts and Tribunal Service of appeals against personal independence payments.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The First-tier TribunalSocial Security and Child Support (SSCS), administered by HM Courts and Tribunals Service, hears appeals on an individual's entitlement to social security and child support.

Personal independence payment (PIP) is progressively replacing disability living allowance from April 2013. There are a number of stages a claim made to the DWP must pass through before an appeal reaches the Tribunal: an initial decision by a DWP decision-maker must be made; the claimant needs to dispute the initial decision; mandatory reconsideration of that decision must take place; and the claimant must consider whether to appeal to the Tribunal, and then submit that appeal. The Tribunal is only now starting to receive the first appeals against decisions made about PIP claims, and we are not expecting receipts to flow through to the Tribunal in any numbers for several months, and cannot therefore provide firm expectations of cost.

The total cost of the SSCS tribunal to HMCTS in 2012-13 was £115 million. The cost of PIP appeals will be included in the overall cost of the SSCS tribunal from 2013-14.

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