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Benefits (Appeals)

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeal cases for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) disability living allowance and (c) jobseeker’s allowance were lodged in each of the last five years; and how many were successful. (75387)

The information is set out in the following tables.

Table 1: Number of lodged and successful jobseeker allowance benefits appeals

Total claims lodged for JSA

Total claims for JSA cleared in favour of appellants

2001

19,110

2,310

2002

18,550

2,120

2003

16,390

2,130

2004

14,970

1,880

2005

14,630

1,850

Table 2: Number of lodged and successful incapacity benefits appeals

Total claims:

Lodged for IB (PCA)

For IB (PCA) cleared in favour of appellants

Lodged for IB (not PCA)

For IB (not PCA) cleared in favour of appellants

2001

44,740

12,800

8,050

1,390

2002

52,870

16,520

8,180

1,630

2003

55,760

20,260

8,600

1,790

2004

55,130

19,880

8,530

1,700

2005

54,830

21,240

7,950

1,730

Table 3:Number of lodged and successful disability living allowance benefits appeals

Total claims lodged for DLA

Total claims for DLA cleared in favour of appellants

2001

86,420

45,160

2002

82,540

39,490

2003

87,620

36,850

2004

90,220

38,170

2005

84,040

35,900

Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Figures are for each calendar year (January to December). 3. All figures are subject to change as more up to date data become available. 4. Figures for the latest months will rise substantially as information feeds through to the Appeals Service. 5. ‘Cleared in favour’ indicates that the appeal was cleared in favour of the appellant. 6. “Lodged” denotes when an appeal is submitted to the first tier agency. Lodged data only enters the GAPS database when the appeal reaches the Appeals Service. 7. PCA = Personal Capability Assessment. Source: 100 per cent. download of the Generic Appeals Processing System.