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Incapacity Benefit: Appeals

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) cost of administering, (b) number and (c) average success rate was of appeals against refusal of incapacity benefit in each of the last 10 years. (169912)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is only available from 2000-01 and the costs are not broken down specifically by benefit type.

The following table shows the total number of incapacity benefit appeals cleared at a hearing since 2000-01 and the number found in favour of the appellant. The cost figure for each year represents the average cost of clearing an appeal over the entire appeal caseload and is not broken down specifically by benefit type, or by type of clearance (hearing/non hearing).

Appeals for incapacity benefit

Intake1

Cleared at hearing2

Found in favour of the appellant3

Percentage found in favour of the appellant4

Average cost of clearing an appeal (£)

2000-01

48,520

37,520

15,190

40.5

213

2001-02

49,770

35,440

14,890

42.0

222

2002-03

61,150

43,030

19,630

45.6

235

2003-04

62,970

47,490

22,250

46.9

243

2004-05

62,610

44,540

21,150

47.5

253

2005-06

63,650

50,270

23,680

47.1

262

2006-07

66,694

52,264

25,900

49.6

261

1 The number of appeals accepted by the Tribunals Service

2 All decisions that went to hearing that were cleared.

3All hearing decisions cleared in favour of appellant.

4The percentage of all hearing decisions cleared in favour of appellant.

Source:

The Tribunal Service, from GAPS and G2 Reports