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Social Security Commissioners

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Attorney-General what was the average waiting time between an appeal to the social security commissioners and a commissioner's decision being made.

The average waiting time from receipt of the appeal in the commissioner's office to notification of the commissioner's decision in 1989 was 404 working days.

To ask the Attorney-General how many social security commissioners' decisions were made in each of the last five years; how many oral hearings occurred in each of the last five years; and what percentage of commissioners' decisions are reported.

The answer in each category for each of the last five years is listed in the tables.

England, Wales and Scotland

Number of social security commissioners' decisions

in each of the past five years
Location19851986198719881989
England and Walesn/a1,8391,89412,1361,909
Scotland4863344076601703
1 Revised figures.
n/a=Not available.
Number of cases heard by social security commissioners in each of the past five years
Location19851986198719881989
Lodonn/a5195721346287
Cardiffn/a6425637
Liverpool2nilnilnil5354
Leeds3nilnilnilnil39
Edinburgh5164686377
1 Revised figures.
2 No hearings before 1988.
3 No hearings before 1989.
n/a = Not available.
Percentage of commissioners' decisions reported in the past five years
Percentage
1985n/a
19862·5
19871·9
19881·5
19891·8
n/a=Not available.

To ask the Attorney-General how many social security commissioners there are; how they are appointed; and what salaries or fees they are paid.

There are 12 full-time social security commissioners in England and Wales and three in Scotland. They are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor from among persons who are barristers, advocates or solicitors of not less than 10 years standing. Commissioners are paid an annual salary of £51,000. The chief commissioner is paid £56,000.