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Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 43358, tabled on 19 July 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service from appellants in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in relation to (i) personal independence payment, (ii) employment and support allowance, (iii) income support, (iv) jobseeker's allowance and (v) tax credits were successful in the latest period for which figures are available.

Answered on

5 September 2016

Information about the volumes and outcomes of appeals to the Tribunal is published at:

The information provided below is a further breakdown of this data.

Proportion of appeals decided in favour of the appellant between January and March 2016 6





Tax Credits3







West Midlands 4






England 5






Based on cases cleared at tribunal hearing

SSCS data are normally registered to the venue nearest to the appellants home address. We cannot retrieve data based on the appellants actual address, but can produce reports detailing the numbers of cases that were dealt with at one of our Regional centres

1 Personal Independence Payment (New Claim Appeals) which replaces Disability Living Allowance was introduced on 8 April 2013, also includes Personal Independence Clams (Reassessments)

2 Includes Employment Support Allowance and Employment Support Allowance (Reassessments)

3 Includes Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

4West Midlands includes the venues: Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford, Stoke, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Nuneaton, Worcester (Fownes), Kidderminster, Coventry (CMCB), Walsall, Worcester (Magistrates Court), Hereford (Magistrates Court)

5 Excludes SSCS Scotland Region and Wales Region

6 Proportion of decisions in favour represents the number of cases found in favour of the appellant as a percentage of those cleared at hearing. Cleared at tribunal hearing excludes those cases disposed of without the need of a hearing (i.e. decisions retrospectively superseded by the 1st Tier Agencies and those stuck out or withdrawn prior to hearing)

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 is the best data that is available.

The data may differ slightly to that of the published stats as this data was run on a different date.

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