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Appeals: Incapacity Benefit

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the success rate at appeal hearings has been for incapacity for work applicants (a) overall and (b) where both the claimant and the representative attended the hearing in the last five years for which figures are available. (234433)

The overall success rate at incapacity benefit appeal hearings was:

45.09 per cent. from April 2007 to March 2008;

43.44 per cent. from April 2008 to October 2008.

Where the appellant had representation, the success rate was:

58.37 per cent. from April 2007 to March 2008;

57.58 per cent. from April 2008 to October 2008.

Prior to April 2007, this information was not recorded.

The tribunal does not record appeals where both claimant and representative attend.