Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th November 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time was for (a) personal independence payment and (b) employment support allowance appeal hearings in the last 12 months for which data is available.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Information about the average waiting times of appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support) (SSCS) for (a) Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and (b) Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is published at:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics

Latest figures indicate that since PIP was introduced, 3.5 million decisions have been made up to June 2018, and of these 9% have been appealed and 4% have been overturned at Tribunals. For ESA, 3.5m ESA (post Work Capability Assessment) decisions have been made between April 2014 and March 2018 and of these 8% have been appealed and 4% have been overturned at tribunals.

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