The latest quarterly Tribunal statistics have been released. The figures for July to September 2013 show that 40% of Disability Living Allowance and 43% of ESA appeals were successful.
Despite falling by a third since April to June, Employment Support Allowance (ESA) still comprises the highest number of appeals (59% of the total). After this, the next highest number was for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) (18%) and Disability Living Allowance (11%).
Of these, JSA increased the most (75%) since July to September 2012, from 13,051 claims to 22,885 claims.
The first 14 appeals for PIP have started in this quarter, although they have not yet reached a hearing.
Of the 150,336 cases, dealt with by the Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) Tribunals, in July to September 2013:
67% were for ESA (up from 56% from July to September 2012);
12% for Disability Living Allowance and
11% for JSA.
Between April and June 2013, 82% of all SSCS cases were cleared at a hearing, a similar proportion to last year. Of these the overturn rate was 39%, i.e. 39% had the initial decision revised in favour of the claimant.
The overturn rate varies by benefit type with 18% of JSA cases, 40% of Disability Living Allowance and 43% of ESA cases cleared at hearing having the original decision revised in favour of the claimant.