41733 - Social Security Benefits: Merseryside (Answered)

Conor McGinn
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many decisions taken on claims for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payments have been appealed in (i) St Helens North constituency and (ii) Merseyside in each of the last five years; and how many of those appeals have been successful.

Mr Shailesh Vara

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) does not hold accurate information on the volumes of appeals received against claims for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), as not all appeals relate to claims.

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-certificate-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2016. The information provided below is a further breakdown of this data.

The tables below provide information on the number of appeals against decisions taken on ESA and PIP claims that were found in favour of the appellant, that were heard at (i) the Tribunal venue at St Helens1 which serves appellants living in the St Helens North constituency and other nearby locations; and (ii) Merseyside2.

ESA claims (excluding reassessment decisions)

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

St Helens1

0

45

160

83

115

Merseyside2

1,722

1,774

3,083

881

1,401

PIP3 claims (excluding reassessment decisions)

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

St Helens1

0

0

0

0

62

Merseyside2

0

0

10

191

726

1 St Helens venue serves appellants living in St Helens North constituency and other nearby locations.

2 Merseyside includes appeals heard at HMCTS SSCS venues in Liverpool, St Helens and Birkenhead.

3PIP started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013.

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