Written Question on Social Security Benefits: Appeals

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Date Title Questioner
5 Sep 2019, 2:34 p.m. Social Security Benefits: Appeals Edward Miliband

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of benefits decisions have been appealed in each Government region in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

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

Information on the percentage of initial Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decisions that have been appealed, by region and for Great Britain, is shown in the table below.

Table: Initial PIP decisions and appeals lodged by region, initial decisions in 2018-19

Region

Appeals lodged

Initial decisions

% of initial decisions appealed

East Midlands

3,190

54,280

6%

East of England

3,460

61,030

6%

London

5,920

87,470

7%

North East

3,220

48,920

7%

North West

7,000

109,170

6%

Scotland

5,880

82,980

7%

South East

4,840

80,430

6%

South West

3,760

63,150

6%

Wales

2,820

47,490

6%

West Midlands

4,560

77,680

6%

Yorkshire and The Humber

4,740

72,050

7%

Great Britain

49,380

784,690

6%

For Doncaster Local Authority, 4,790 initial PIP decisions were made in 2018-19, of which 5% have been appealed.

Notes

  • Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.
  • Percentages have been rounded to the nearest percent.
  • Components may not sum to totals due to rounding.
  • Appeals data taken from the DWP PIP computer system’s management information. Therefore this appeal 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.
  • Appeals data up to March 2019. Claimants who have received benefit decisions more recently may not yet have had time to complete the claimant journey and progress to appeal.
  • The Local Authority and Government Office Region 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.

To provide the information requested across all other DWP administered benefits would incur disproportionate cost.


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