Social Security and Child Support Tribunal: Appeals

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th July 2022.

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Photo of Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards Independent, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Social Security and Child Support Tribunal cases have taken place each year for the last five years; and how much those cases cost her Department.

Photo of Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards Independent, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Social Security and Child Support Tribunal cases relating to Universal Credit have taken place each year for the last five years; and how much those cases cost her Department.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Information on appeal tribunal volumes in relation to Social Security and Child Support Tribunal cases (SSCS) is available on - Tribunal Statistics Quarterly: January to March 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) – Main Tables, SSCS_3.

The only DWP staff who attend actual Tribunals are Presenting Officers.

The information for the financial years covered by the request for all SSCS tribunals are detailed in the tables below:

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

£7.93m

£7.16m

£6.47m

£1.45m

£5.77m

The information for the financial years covered by the request for Universal Credit are detailed in the tables below:

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

£0.08m

£0.19m

£0.15m

£0.72m

Cost figures are rounded to the nearest £0.1m

Data Source: ABM

The cost figures quoted are estimated DWP level 1 operating costs, including both direct delivery staff and non-staff costs. Non-staff costs are only those costs incurred in local cost centres, relating to direct delivery staff.

Costs provided are for Presenting Officers only and excludes Admin Support or Decision Making operational staff dealing with the Appeals processing work.

Please note that the data supplied is from the Departmental Activity Based Models. This data is derived from unpublished management information, which was collected for internal Departmental use only, and has not been quality assured to National Statistics or Official Statistics publication standards. It should therefore be treated with caution. The Departmental Activity Based staffing models are a snapshot of how many people were identified as undertaking specified activities as assigned by line managers.

The data is frequently revised and changes to definitions / benefits / DWP structure effect comparisons over time. It should therefore be treated with caution and must be seen as an indication of cost, rather than the actual cost.

Presenting Officer costs are not held for 2017/18 following the introduction of the UC benefit. 2020/21 figures impacted by COVID.

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