To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the review of staffing requirements for adjudication, as requested by the Chief Adjudication Officer, has been carried out.
A full review of complements of social security local offices was completed at the end of 1986 which took account of all work including adjudication falling to local offices. A total of over 4,800 additional staff has been allocated to local offices for supplementary benefit work. Adjudication work cannot be identified separately, but part of the additional resources was allocated to this task. A further review of local office staffing for adjudication work is not envisaged.