Social Security Benefits: Bradford East

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Imran Hussain Imran Hussain Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many successful mandatory reconsiderations against decisions there were for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment claimants in Bradford East in each year from 2010.

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

Employment and Support Allowance

Information on appeal outcomes in relation to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Capability Assessments by several geographical areas is available on Stat-Xplore.

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

The mandatory reconsideration process was introduced in 2013. The latest available information for Great Britain on the number of mandatory reconsiderations can be found in the ESA Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments quarterly statistics published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employment-and-support-allowance-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessment

It is the intention to produce further geographical breakdowns of these statistics in the future.

Between April 2014 and June 2018, 3.7m ESA (post WCA) decisions have been made in Great Britain, of these 8% have been appealed and 4% have been overturned.

Personal Independence Payment

The information requested for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Appeals in Bradford East is shown in the table below, by year of appeal clearance.

Since PIP was introduced 3.7m decisions have been made in Great Britain up to September 2018, of these 10% have been appealed and 5% have been overturned.

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018 (Jan – Sep)

Decision Overturned at Appeal

10

30

130

130

120

Decision Maintained

10

40

120

80

40

Appeal Overturn Rate

56%

45%

52%

61%

74%

From 2014 through to September 2018 in Bradford East, of the 720 appeals, 430 (59%) saw the decision overturned. Since PIP was introduced up to September 2018 9,650 initial decisions have been made in Bradford East and 4% have been overturned at appeal.

The information requested for PIP Mandatory Reconsiderations (MR) in Bradford East is shown in the table below, by year of MR clearance.

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018 (Jan - Oct)

New Decision – Award Changed at MR

20

80

130

170

150

Decision Unchanged/Not Revised at MR

90

400

610

780

630

Percentage of MRs where the Decision was Changed

15%

16%

17%

18%

19%

Note:

Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.

PIP Appeals data taken from the DWP PIP computer system’s management information. Therefore this data may differ from that held by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service for various reasons such as delays in data recording and other methodological differences in collating and preparing statistics.

PIP was introduced in 2013 to replace Disability Living Allowance for working age people.

The geography relates to the origin of the claim (i.e. derived from claimant’s postcode) rather than the location of where the tribunal was held.

Decisions overturned at appeal may include a number of appeals that have been lapsed (which is where DWP changed the decision after an appeal was lodged but before it was heard at Tribunal).

Some decisions which are changed at MR, and where the claimant continues to appeal for a higher PIP award, are then changed again at tribunal appeal. Therefore the number of people who had a decision changed at MR and the number of people who had a decision changed at tribunal appeal cannot be added together.

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