8 March 2018: Number of social security appeal cases outstanding increases by almost half in the last year

Number of social security appeal cases outstanding increases by almost half in the last year
New Ministry of Justice statistics also highlight that the mean age of a case at disposal has increased by 8 weeks

The number of social security appeal cases outstanding has increased by almost half in the last year, according to new Ministry of Justice statistics.

The new figures, that cover the period October to December 2017, highlight that, whilst the numbers of appeals received fell by 1 per cent, there were 117,189 social security and child support cases outstanding at the end of the year, up 47 per cent compared to the same period in 2016. Of those cases disposed of in the period, the mean age of a case at disposal was 24 weeks, 8 weeks more than the same period in 2016.

In addition, the new statistics show that, of the 52,300 appeals disposed of in the period, 84 per cent were cleared at a hearing and of these 65 per cent had the initial decision revised in favour of the claimant (up from 63 per cent in the same period in 2016). This overturn rate varied by benefit type, with 69 per cent of employment and support allowance and personal independence payment cases found in favour of the claimant; 61 per cent of disability living allowance cases, and 43 per cent of jobseekers allowance cases.

For more information, see Tribunals and gender recognition certificate statistics quarterly: October to December 2017 from gov.uk

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