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80% fall in social security appeals

The latest annual report from the Senior President of Tribunals, released last week, reveals that there has been a dramatic 80% fall in the number of social security and child support (SSCS) appeal tribunals. However, the DWP expects the number to rise again, primarily due to the likely number of personal independence payment (PIP) appeals.

The latest report gives the numbers of appeals lodged over the last three years as:

2012-13 507,131

2013-14 524,606

2014-15 108, 335

The dramatic fall was almost entirely due to the introduction of mandatory reconsideration before appeal.

PIP cases now represent 38% of SSCS appeals, with ESA making up a further 35%.

The DWP is forecasting that the number of appeals will be 180,000 to 200,000 in the current year, possibly rising to 300,000 in the following year and then begin to fall away again as DLA to PIP transfers are completed.

You can download the full report from this link.

Comments  

#5 annken 2016-03-21 17:25
I'm not surprised anybody who has been through the process will know you come out feeling degraded depresses feeling sick and full of anger that human beings in positions respect can be so heartless in court. And for more money per week thank any of us get in a year
#4 KJ2016 2016-03-01 23:04
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Quoting KJ2016:
When did they begin reassessments again? and what order will people be reassessed in?


I think they were restarted at the beginning of December. All we know is that "some" people are now being reassessed. Exactly how many, or who those "some" are, we don't know.
Thanks. hopefully benefits and work can share any information they have as and when they get it regarding the reassessments.
+1 #3 tintack 2016-03-01 17:46
Quoting KJ2016:
When did they begin reassessments again? and what order will people be reassessed in?


I think they were restarted at the beginning of December. All we know is that "some" people are now being reassessed. Exactly how many, or who those "some" are, we don't know.
#2 KJ2016 2016-03-01 17:12
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The suspension of ESA reassessments until recently is of course entirely unrelated. And when the pace of reassessments picks up, there will of course be no significant increase in the number of appeals. Oh no.
When did they begin reassessments again? and what order will people be reassessed in?
+3 #1 tintack 2016-02-29 21:47
The suspension of ESA reassessments until recently is of course entirely unrelated. And when the pace of reassessments picks up, there will of course be no significant increase in the number of appeals. Oh no.

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