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Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 23 November 2017 to Question HL3124, on social security benefits: appeals, what assessment he has made of the reported comments by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals, at a Bar Council event on 7 November 2017 on the quality of evidence brought before the courts by his Department in cases involving employment and support allowance and personal independence payments; whether he has discussed those concerns with the Secretary of State for Justice; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department is considering the comments but looks forward to working collaboratively with the Ministry of Justice to address the concerns raised - it has been agreed that we will meet with senior officials from that department in the New Year.

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