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Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time for an appeal against refusal of disability living allowance to be determined was in the latest period for which figures are available; what is the longest time a person has been waiting for an appeal to be heard; how many people have been waiting (a) three, (b) six or (c) more than six months for a hearing; and if he will make a statement. (202097)

I have been asked to reply.

Information is compiled for appeals against refusal for disability living allowance (DLA) and attendance allowance (AA) together. To separate the two would incur disproportionate cost and therefore the answer has been provided for both DLA and AA.

The table provides an indication of waiting times. These figures may be slightly overstated due to data reconciliation across two different databases.

We are unable to provide the longest waiting time for an appellant in a DLA case as the historical data are not robust due to inconsistencies across the aforementioned two databases.

Average length of time and waiting times for an appeal against refusal for disability living allowance and attendance allowance, 2007-08

Number

Percentage

Average length of time for an appeal for disability living allowance and attendance allowance

9.5 weeks

Number of people waiting:

(a) up to three months

47,875

81

(b) three to six months

10,700

18

(c) more than six months

855

1

Source:

The Tribunals Service