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Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 24893, tabled on 29 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of personal independence payment appeals were successful in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.

Answered on

8 February 2016

The First-tier Tribunal – Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) administered by HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), hears appeals against Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) decisions on a range of benefits including Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

72% of PIP appeals were decided in favour of the appellant in Brighton1 between April and September 2015 (the latest period for which figures are available).

Information about the proportion of PIP appeals which were decided in favour of the appellant in Great Britain2 is published by the Ministry of Justice in the Tribunals and Gender Recognition Statistics Quarterly. The most recent report for the period April to September 2015, published on 10 December 2015, can be viewed at:

1 SSCS data are recorded by the office that dealt with the case and, if the case went to oral hearing, the location of the Tribunal hearing is normally the hearing venue nearest to the appellant’s home address. Data cannot be retrieved based on the appellant’s actual address but can be produced detailing the numbers of cases that were dealt with at one of our Regional centres or heard at a specific venue.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and are the best data that are available.

2 HMCTS administer appeals received from appellants living in England, Scotland and Wales. The Appeals Service, part of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service, administers appeals from appellants living in Northern Ireland.