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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her assessment is of the reasons for the scale of the increase in successful appeals against incapacity benefit decisions since 2001; and if she will make a statement. (80303)

Appeals against incapacity benefit decisions are made to an appeal tribunal under section 12 of the Social Security Act 1998. Each year, the president of appeal tribunals reports, based on the cases coming before appeal tribunals, on the standards achieved by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the making of decisions against which an appeal lies to an appeal tribunal.

The following table provides details, since 2001, on the number of: incapacity benefit claims; appeals received; and, the number of those appeals cleared in favour of the appellant, including the proportion successful.

IB appeals cleared in favour

IB claims

IB appeals received

Number

Percentage of IB appeals received

2001

46,890

14,190

30.3

2002

411,630

59,210

18,150

30.7

2003

802,300

63,220

22,060

34.9

2004

772,490

61,510

21,590

35.1

2005

698,230

65,140

22,970

35.3

Notes:

1. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.

2. IB claims 2002—figures are for the period July 2002 to December 2002 only.

3. IB claims—data are not available prior to July 2002.

4. Appeals received and cleared—figures are for each calendar year (January to December).

5. Appeals received and cleared—all figures are subject to change as more up to date data become available.

6. Appeals received and cleared—figures for the latest months will rise substantially as information feeds through the Tribunals Service.

7. ‘Cleared in favour’ indicates that the appeal was cleared in favour of the appellant.

Sources:

IB claims—MISP system

IB appeals received and IB appeals cleared in favour—100 per cent. download of the Generic Appeals Processing System