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Incapacity Benefit: Appeals

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average time was between submission of appeals against refusal of incapacity benefit and a decision being taken in each of the last three years. (127722)

The information my hon. Friend has asked for is contained in the following table.

IB cleared appeals March 2003 to April 2006: Average clearance time from lodged to first hearing

Weeks

Financial year

Average clearance time

2003-04

20.24

2004-05

19.48

2005-06

19.19

Notes:

1. All figures are subject to change as more up to date data become available.

2. Figures for the latest months may increase substantially as information feeds through to the Appeals Service.

3. Migration of customer records from the existing Generic appeals processing systems (GAPS) to the new G2 system commenced on the 5 June 2006. Consequently during the migration period information from GAPS will over time diminish while G2 will increase and statistical data after May 2006 will not available until the new data processing procedures are in place.

4. “Lodged” denotes when an appeal is submitted to the first tier agency. Lodged data only enter the GAPS database when the appeal reaches the Appeals Service

Source:

100 per cent. download of the generic appeals processing system.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals against refusal of incapacity benefit have been received in each of the last 12 months; and what the range of dates of submission was of the appeals that were considered in February 2002. (127723)

The information my hon. Friend has asked for is not available in the format requested as data are not collated on the ranges of dates of appeal submissions that reach a tribunal hearing. At present, data can only be supplied up to the period March 2006 due to the change over of computer systems.

The following table, therefore, provides information on the number of appeals against the refusal of incapacity benefit received in each of the 12 months between April 2005 and March 2006.

All incapacity benefit appeals in 2005-06

Lodged

Received

2005

April

5,490

4,710

May

5,500

4,860

June

5,660

5,960

July

5,090

5,700

August

5,440

5,540

September

5,110

5,260

October

4,800

5,270

November

5,440

5,780

December

4,790

4,140

2006

January

4,890

5,410

February

5,440

5,030

March

6,690

5,980

2005-06

64,320

63,650

Notes:

1. All figures are subject to change as more up to date data become available.

2. Figures for the latest months may increase substantially as information feeds through to the Appeals Service.

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

4. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

5. Migration of customer records from the existing generic appeals processing systems (GAPS) to the new G2 system commenced on the 5 June 2006. Consequently data after May 2006 are not available until the data from G2 are processed.

6. “Lodged” denotes when an appeal is submitted to the first tier agency. Lodged data only enter the GAPS database when the appeal reaches the Appeals Service.

7. “Received” denotes the number of appeals registered at the Appeals Service

Source:

100 per cent. download of the generic appeals processing system.