Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Angela Crawley Angela Crawley Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Disabilities), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Youth affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Children and Families), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph four of the letter from the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work to the hon. Member for Birkenhead, dated 25 July 2018, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of sharing the feedback provided by her Department's Presenting Officers into why her Department's decisions on personal independence payments or employment support allowance have been overturned at appeal.

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

Presenting Officers represent the Secretary of State at tribunals and support them in making the right decision. The feedback they provide from some Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance tribunal hearings for the Department’s decision makers and the Health Care Assessment Providers, is an important element of the improvement work being done to increase the overall quality of the decisions made. The Department continues to monitor and review how the feedback is collected and shared.

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