To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of time that families of child claimants of disability living allowance have to wait between appealing a decision and their tribunal hearing date.
4 September 2018
The Ministry of Justice is in the process of recruiting extra fee-paid judicial office holders. In the Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) jurisdiction, which is the part of the tribunal system which deals with disability living allowance appeals, 226 new medical members have already been appointed and up to 125 disability-qualified members are currently being recruited. The SSCS jurisdiction will also benefit from the fact that 250 judges are being recruited across tribunals more widely. In addition, we are developing a new digital system to enable speedier processing of appeals and provide a better service for all parties to the proceedings. These measures will increase capacity, helping to reduce waiting times for appellants.