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Personal Independence Payment: Tribunals

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL2893, tabled on 24 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to address the reported backlog of Personal Independence Payments tribunal claims.

Answered on

6 April 2020

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has been working with the Tribunal’s judiciary both to appoint additional judges and panel members and to list more Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeals into each tribunal session. Case-management “triage” sessions have also been introduced, with the aim of reducing the time taken for appeals to reach final determination. In addition, HMCTS has recently launched a new digital service with a view to enabling speedier processing of appeals.

All these measures have the aim of increasing the capacity of the Tribunal and reducing the time taken to deal with PIP appeals. The number of PIP appeals outstanding in the latest period for which data are available shows a decrease of 13% when compared to the same period in 2018.