Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Justice written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals against decisions on entitlement to (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment there were in each month in each of the last three years in each court and in each local authority area.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support), administered by HM Courts and Tribunals Service, hears appeals against Department for Work and Pensions’ decisions on a range of benefits, including employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment (PIP).

Data for the Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) Tribunal cannot be provided by local authority area. All appeals to the tribunal are registered in the processing centre in the region where the appellant lives, and data can be broken down to the level of these processing centres and to the venue in which they were heard.

(a) Due to the volume of data required to answer the question in respect of appeals made against decisions about claims for ESA, I will arrange for this information, broken down by SSCS tribunal venue and processing centre, to be placed in the Library of the House.

(b) 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. Therefore the tribunal only started to receive appeals made against PIP decisions in July 2013.

The following tables show the number of PIP appeals received by the tribunal from April to September 2013 (the latest period for which information is available) by (1) SSCS hearing venue and by (2) processing centre.

Venue April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 YTD 2013-14
Birmingham 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Bolton 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Bury 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Fox Court (S) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Glasgow 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Lancaster 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Liverpool 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Middlesbrough 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Processing centre April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 YTD 2013-14
Birmingham 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Cardiff 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leeds 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Liverpool 0 0 0 0 1 5 7
Newcastle 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Sutton 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1 Denotes fewer than five. HMCTS does not publish statistics involving fewer than five cases as there is a risk in those circumstances that individuals could be identified.

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