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Appeals: Social Security Benefits

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many single (a) women and (b) men with children had their benefits restored at appeal in each of the last five years. (148305)

The information is not available in the format requested. Data are not collated by gender, nor whether the appeal relates to a benefit previously awarded.

The following tables show the total number of appeals cleared at a hearing for the last five years, and broken down by the type of hearing. The number of outcomes where it was favourable to the appellant is also given.

Social security and child support appeals—outcomes by hearing type

Oral hearings

Paper hearings

Tax year

Total cleared

Decided in favour

Percentage

Total cleared

Decided in favour

Percentage

2005-06

126,840

65,770

52

46,180

10,260

22

2004-05

124,400

65,290

52

43,750

9,790

22

2003-04

129,830

68,670

53

48,110

10,680

22

2002-03

131,700

69,610

53

46,000

10,780

23

2001-02

136,680

70,620

52

47,100

10,850

23

DomiciliaryAll hearings

Tax year

Total cleared

Decided in favour

Percentage

Total cleared

Decided in favour

Percentage

2005-06

490

330

66

173,510

76,350

44

2004-05

510

340

67

168,650

75,420

45

2003-04

540

390

72

178,490

79,740

45

2002-03

620

420

68

178,320

80,810

45

2001-02

660

460

70

184,440

81,930

44

Notes:

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

2. Cases transferred onto the new appeals system G2 may not have been updated on GAPS

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10

4. Totals may not sum due to rounding

Definitions:

Total cleared—All appeals that went to a hearing and were cleared

Decided in favour—All hearing decisions in favour of the appellant

Source:

100 per cent. download of the Generic Appeals Processing System (GAPS)