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Employment and Support Allowance: Tribunals

Volume 497: debated on Thursday 15 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals for Employment and Support Allowance are outstanding in the East of England; and how many such appeals there are in relation to mental health. (292440)

The Tribunals Service First Tier Tribunal—Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) is responsible for Employment and Support Allowance Appeals. The tribunal does not have a defined eastern region and collects information on an area basis. The hon. Member's constituency lies within the area known as Greater London and the South East.

As of 8 October 2009, there were 3,221 live cases in the Greater London and South East area.

Information is not collected on the number of outstanding employment and support allowance appeals that relate to mental health and could be provided only at disproportionate cost by making a manual check of each case file.