Personal Independence Payment: North Wales

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 20th September 2017.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons there is an average waiting time of 34 weeks for a personal independence appeal date in North Wales; and what the longest time is for which a person has had to wait for such a date.

Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are being taken to address the shortage of panel members needed for personal independence appeals in the North Wales area.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The average waiting time for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeal date in North Wales is not 34 weeks. That is the average clearance time for such appeals in the latest period for which data are available (April to June 2017).

The average clearance time is the time taken from appeal receipt to final outcome and may include cases which have more than one hearing. PIP appeals are complex and could be adjourned for further evidence, or case management. Appeals may also have been heard by the First-tier Tribunal (F-tT), appealed to the Upper Tribunal, and subsequently re-heard by the F-tT, time which would then be included in average waiting times for the F-tT. Data are not collected on the time that an appeal takes to get to first hearing. As such it is not possible to identify which case took the longest to get there.

Over 350 judicial officer holders are being recruited to provide long term capacity in the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal including Wales.

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