Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Louise Ellman Louise Ellman Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Riverside

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many disability qualified members of tribunals there are and what the qualifications are for those roles; and if he will she make a statement.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

As of 1 April 2019, there were 450 disability members in post across the First-tier Tribunal. This represents a significant increase from 358 members as of 1 April 2018. This information is taken from the Judicial Diversity statistics published at

In terms of qualifications, the relevant statutory requirement is that “a person who is experienced in dealing with the physical or mental needs of disabled persons because they –

(a) work with disabled persons in a professional or voluntary capacity; or

(b) are themselves disabled.”

This is set out at

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