Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th June 2015.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Labour, Coventry North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service from appellants in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England relating to (i) personal independence payments, (ii) employment and support allowance, (iii) income support, (vi) jobseeker's allowance and (v) tax credits were successful in (A) each quarter in 2014 and (B) the latest period for which figures are available.

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

The First-tier TribunalSocial Security and Child Support (SSCS) administered by HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), hears appeals against Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) decisions on a range of benefits.

The table below shows the proportion of appeals which were decided in favour of the appellant in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England relating to (i) personal independence payments (PIP), (ii) employment and support allowance (ESA), (iii) income support (IS), (vi) jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) and (v) tax credits were successful in (A) each quarter in 2014 and (B) between January and March 2015, the latest period for which figures are available.

Personal Independence Payments 1

Employment and Support Allowance 2

Coventry

West Midlands 4

Coventry

West Midlands

Jan – March 2014

%

57%

42%

April – June

2014

%

40.0%

23.1%

48.4%

36.9%

July – Sept 2014

%

50.0%

33.7%

53.2%

41.0%

Oct - Dec 2014

%

32.3%

32.1%

61.7%

46.1%

Jan – March 2015

%

49.4%

33.5%

.

57.4%

32.6%

Income Support

Jobseekers Allowance

Coventry

West Midlands

Coventry

West Midlands

Jan – March 2014

%

8%

25%

16%

24%

April – June 2014

%

33.3%

24.8%

16.7%

16.4%

July –Sept 2014

%

66.7%

29.5%

20.0%

27.2%

Oct –Dec 2014

%

75.0%

43.1%

56.5%

28.4%

Jan – March

2015

%

20.0%

38.8%

47.1%

26.2%

Tax credits 3

Coventry

West Midlands

Jan – March 2014

Total Cleared

Decision in Favour

%

11%

24%

April –June 2014

Total Cleared

Decision in Favour

%

22.2%

19.0%

July - Sept 2014

Total Cleared

Decision in Favour

%

26.5%

23.3%

Oct –Dec 2014

Total Cleared

Decision in Favour

%

39.2%

24.8%

Jan – March 2015

Total Cleared

Decision in Favour

%

17.0%

17.5%

%

Notes:

SSCS data are normally registered to the venue nearest to the appellant's home address. We cannot retrieve data based on the appellants actual address, but can produce reports detailing the numbers of cases that were dealt with at one of our Regional centres or heard at a specific venue.

1. Personal Independence Payment (New Claim Appeals) which replaces Disability Living Allowance was introduced on 8 April 2013, also includes Personal Independence Clams (Reassessments)

2. Includes Employment Support Allowance and Employment Support Allowance (Reassessments)

3. Includes Working Family Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit.

4. West Midlands includes the venues: Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford, Stoke, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Worcester (Fownes), Kidderminster, Coventry, Worcester (Magistrates Court), Hereford (Magistrates Court)

5. Excludes SSCS Scotland processing centre and the following venues Aberystwyth, Bridgend, Cardiff, Caernafon, Carmarthen, Colwyn Bay, Cwmbran, Haverfordwest, Llandrindod Wells, Langstone, Llandudno, Llanelli, Llangefni, Llwynypia, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath, Port Talbot, Newtown, Pontypridd, Pontypool, Prestatyn, Swansea, Welshpool, Wrexham, Bargoed and Ebbw Vale

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and is the best data that is available.

The data may differ slightly to that of the published statistics as this data was run on a different date.

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