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Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 04 March 2019 to Question 226128 on Employment and Support Allowance: Arrears, whether it remains her Department policy that 50 per cent of Presenting Officers attend tribunals.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

As previously explained, the Department has recruited 150 Presenting Officers (PO) with further recruitment planned. Adding these to existing POs will help the Department increase its attendance across all benefits, with ESA and PIP the priority. However, it is our main objective to ensure that POs attend hearings of those complex cases where their presence will be of most benefit to the tribunal in reaching the right decision.

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