11 March 2011

People often wonder if the cost of tens of thousands of tribunals isn’t more than the cost of paying out benefits in the first place.  The answer is a very clear no – tribunals are cheap.

Jonathan Djanogly, parliamentary under secretary of state for justice, was asked this week what the average cost to the public purse of a case heard at an employment and support allowance appeal tribunal was.

His response was that:

“The average cost of processing a social security appeal is £282.

“This figure is calculated by dividing the total expenditure (including overheads) in 2009-10 by the total number of cases disposed of in that year. Benefit-specific calculations are not provided because of the high degree of apportionment of costs which would be required.”

So, there you have it. Tribunals really are cheap justice.

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