To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of defending decisions made by his Department on employment and support allowance claims taken to tribunal; and what the net gain or loss was in challenging those decisions.
This information is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
The Department has previously published average costs of PIP and ESA mandatory reconsiderations and appeals, which covers direct staff costs only (see Table 24 of Work and Pensions Select Committee PIP and ESA assessments inquiry: supporting statistics ).
The total that DWP has spent on mandatory reconsiderations and appeals includes high level support costs such as management and corporate overheads. These costs cannot be split out from overall Departmental spending on benefit payments, and therefore total Departmental spend on mandatory reconsideration and appeal is not available.