Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many benefit sanctions have been overturned on appeal because the claimant met the reasonableness test because of (a) domestic violence, (b) mental health conditions or disorders, (c) bullying or harassment in the workplace, (d) homelessness, (e) losing a work experience opportunity, other than for a reason of gross misconduct, (f) travelling time, (g) break-up of the family, (h) short notice caring commitments for the elderly, sick or children, (i) domestic emergency, (j) family bereavement, (k) learning difficulties, poor numeracy or literacy, (l) legal constraints and (m) temporary changes in circumstances in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12, (iv) 2012-13, (v) 2013-14 and (vi) 2014-15 to date.

Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sanctions relating to each benefit have been overturned on appeal in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13, (e) 2013-14 and (f) 2014-15 to date.

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 & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), hears appeals against Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) decisions on a range of benefits.

HMCTS does not record data specifically relating to appeals against sanctions imposed by DWP and does not therefore hold the information requested.

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